Einstein’s Investigations of Galilean Covariant Electrodynamics Prior to 1905

  title={Einstein’s Investigations of Galilean Covariant Electrodynamics Prior to 1905},
  author={John D. Norton},
  journal={Archive for History of Exact Sciences},
  • J. Norton
  • Published 30 July 2004
  • Physics
  • Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Abstract.Einstein learned from the magnet and conductor thought experiment how to use field transformation laws to extend the covariance of Maxwell’s electrodynamics. If he persisted in his use of this device, he would have found that the theory cleaves into two Galilean covariant parts, each with different field transformation laws. The tension between the two parts reflects a failure not mentioned by Einstein: that the relativity of motion manifested by observables in the magnet and conductor… 
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