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The Cult of Pythagoras: Math and Myths
The Cult of Pythagorus: Math and Myths . By Alberto A. Martínez. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012, xxii +264 pp., ISBN 978-0-8229-4418-8, $27.95. Review by: Brian M. Loft TheExpand
There's no pain in the FitzGerald contraction, is there?
It is well-known that Albert Einstein distinguished between theories of principle, such as thermodynamics, and constructive theories, such as statistical mechanics. It is somewhat less known thatExpand
Conventions and inertial reference frames
This article discusses the role of conventions in defining the concept of inertial reference frame, and it specifies key historical evidence, up to now widely ignored, connecting Poincare, Einstein,Expand
Handling evidence in history: the case of Einstein's wife
According to an online Internet site, 75 per cent of people polled believe that Albert Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, contributed to his famous works of 1905. The author reviews claims thatExpand
The Myriad Pieces of Einstein's Remains
By 1919, Albert Einstein’s thoughtful but absent-minded friend, Michele Besso, had lost all of his copies of Einstein’s publications. He then suggested that Einstein publish an edition of hisExpand
Negative Math: How Mathematical Rules Can Be Positively Bent
Figures ix Chapter 1: Introduction 1 Chapter 2: The Problem 10 Chapter 3: History: Much Ado About Less than Nothing 18 The Search for Evident Meaning 36 Chapter 4: History: Meaningful and MeaninglessExpand
Replication of Coulomb's Torsion Balance Experiment
A long-standing issue in history of science is whether or not the fundamental law of electrostatics was justified experimentally in the late 1700s. By that time, following Isaac Newton’s mechanics,Expand
Kinematic subtleties in Einstein's first derivation of the Lorentz transformations
We analyze Albert Einstein’s derivation of the Lorentz transformations in his paper, “Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Korper,” originally published in 1905. The analysis clarifies variousExpand
Einstein's wife
It has come to my attention that the very literal English translation of three sentences from an obituary of Albert Einstein, originally written in Russian by Abram Joffe, which appeared in myExpand