The Concept of Fact in German Physics around 1900: A Comparison between Mach and Einstein

@article{Waal2020TheCO,
  title={The Concept of Fact in German Physics around 1900: A Comparison between Mach and Einstein},
  author={Elske de Waal and Sjang L. ten Hagen},
  journal={Physics in Perspective},
  year={2020}
}
  • Elske de Waal, Sjang L. ten Hagen
  • Published 2020
  • Physics
  • Physics in Perspective
  • The concept of fact has a history. Over the past centuries, physicists have appropriated it in various ways. In this article, we compare Ernst Mach and Albert Einstein's interpretations of the concept. Mach, like most nineteenth-century physicists, contrasted fact and theory. He understood facts as real and complex combinations of natural events. Theories, in turn, only served to order and communicate facts efficiently. Einstein's concept of fact was incompatible with Mach's, since Einstein… CONTINUE READING