Poincaré’s Relativistic Physics: Its Origins and Nature

  title={Poincar{\'e}’s Relativistic Physics: Its Origins and Nature},
  author={Shaul Katzir},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  • Shaul Katzir
  • Published 1 September 2005
  • Physics
  • Physics in Perspective
Abstract.Henri Poincaré (1854–1912) developed a relativistic physics by elevating the empirical inability to detect absolute motion, or motion relative to the ether, to the principle of relativity, and its mathematics ensured that it would be compatible with that principle. Although Poincaré’s aim and theory were similar to those of Albert Einstein (1879–1955) in creating his special theory of relativity, Poincaré’s relativistic physics should not be seen as an attempt to achieve Einstein’s… 
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