The Mystery of the Einstein–Poincaré Connection

  title={The Mystery of the Einstein–Poincar{\'e} Connection},
  author={Olivier Darrigol},
  pages={614 - 626}
This essay discusses attempts that have been made to explain the striking similarities between two theories propounded in 1905 by Albert Einstein and Henri Poincaré without any mutual reference. 
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References to these contributions are given below or in the bibliography of Olivier Darrigol, Electrodynamics from Ampère to Einstein (Oxford
  • 2000
The following reception studies
  • Pt. 1: “The Uses of Theory,” Pt
  • 1992
Energy Conservation as an Example of Simultaneous Discovery
  • 1977