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Poincare and Special Relativity

@article{Adlam2011PoincareAS,
  title={Poincare and Special Relativity},
  author={Emily Adlam},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  year={2011}
}
  • Emily Adlam
  • Published 2011
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
  • Henri Poincare's work on mathematical features of the Lorentz transformations was an important precursor to the development of special relativity. In this paper I compare the approaches taken by Poincare and Einstein, aiming to come to an understanding of the philosophical ideas underlying their methods. In section (1) I assess Poincare's contribution, concluding that although he inspired much of the mathematical formalism of special relativity, he cannot be credited with an overall conceptual… CONTINUE READING

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