Teaching the gravitational redshift: lessons from the history and philosophy of physics

@article{Scott2015TeachingTG,
  title={Teaching the gravitational redshift: lessons from the history and philosophy of physics},
  author={R B Scott},
  journal={Journal of Physics: Conference Series},
  year={2015},
  volume={600}
}
  • R. Scott
  • Published 28 April 2015
  • Physics
  • Journal of Physics: Conference Series
The equivalence principle and the notion of an ideal clock running independently of acceleration suggest that clocks are unaffected by gravity. The apparent contradiction with the gravitational redshift points to a subtlety in general relativity theory. Indeed, early attempts for a clear derivation of the gravitational redshift were fraught with errors and ambiguities, and much confusion endured for the next two decades. This suggests that the subject should be treated carefully in introductory… 

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