Poincare's Silence and Einstein's Relativity: The Role of Theory and Experiment in Poincaré's Physics

  title={Poincare's Silence and Einstein's Relativity: The Role of Theory and Experiment in Poincar{\'e}'s Physics},
  author={Stanley R. Goldberg},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={73 - 84}
  • S. Goldberg
  • Published 1 June 1970
  • Physics
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
It is a matter of record that Henri Poincaré never responded publicly to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity (RT). Since almost no private papers of Poincaré are available, his attitude toward Einstein's work and his silence on that score become somewhat of a mystery. It is almost certain that Poincaré knew of Einstein's work in RT. First, he was fluent in German, having learned it as a young man when the Germans occupied his home town of Nancy in 1870. Second, he often reported to the… 

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