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Physical RelativitySpace-time structure from a dynamical perspective$
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Harvey R. Brown

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275830

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199275831.001.0001

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The Relativity Principle and the Fable of Albert Keinstein

The Relativity Principle and the Fable of Albert Keinstein

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(p.33) 3 The Relativity Principle and the Fable of Albert Keinstein
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Physical Relativity
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Harvey R. Brown (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199275831.003.0003

This chapter argues that Albert Einstein was not the first to use the relativity principle (RP) as a postulate in the treatment of a problem in physics. Christian Huygens had done so over two hundred years earlier in his treatment of collisions. It is shown that even Newton in his pre-Principia writings viewed the RP as having the same axiomatic status as his laws. But the prominent role played by the principle in Einstein's 1905 paper on moving bodies in electrodynamics marked the beginning of a new attitude concerning the foundational status of symmetries in physics.

Keywords:   Einstein, relativity principle, Galileo, Newton, Keinstein, dynamics-kinematics

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