On the history of the so-called Lense-Thirring effect

  title={On the history of the so-called Lense-Thirring effect},
  author={Herbert Pfister},
  journal={General Relativity and Gravitation},
  • H. Pfister
  • Published 26 September 2007
  • Physics
  • General Relativity and Gravitation
Some historical documents, especially the Einstein–Besso manuscript from 1913, an extensive notebook by H. Thirring from 1917, and the correspondence between Thirring and Einstein in the year 1917 reveal that most of the merit for the so-called Lense-Thirring effect of general relativity belongs to Einstein. Besides telling this “central story” of the effect, we give a short “prehistory”, with contributions by E. Mach, B. and I. Friedlaender, and A. Föppl, followed by the later history of the… 
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