The Collective Construction of Scientific Memory: The Einstein-Poincaré Connection and its Discontents, 1905–2005

  title={The Collective Construction of Scientific Memory: The Einstein-Poincar{\'e} Connection and its Discontents, 1905–2005},
  author={Yves Gingras},
  journal={History of Science},
  pages={114 - 75}
  • Y. Gingras
  • Published 1 March 2008
  • Physics
  • History of Science
One of the side effects of commemorations is often to reactivate old debates that had been forgotten or were lying dormant. While this is obvious for political commemorations, it is no less true of scientific ones, and the UNESCO international year of physics in 2005, celebrating Einstein’s annus mirabilis of 1905, revived the old ghost of Poincare’s contribution to relativity. In this context of contested memories, Olivier Darrigol proposed a kind of “peace treaty” on the basis that “it seems… 

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