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The birth of special relativity. "One more essay on the subject"

  title={The birth of special relativity. "One more essay on the subject"},
  author={J. Reignier},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • J. Reignier
  • Published 2000
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
Special relativity was discovered at the eve of the century, but finds its roots in the 19th century efforts to understand the optics and electromagnetism of moving bodies. These roots are reviewed in Parts 1 and 2, the latter being specially devoted to the works of Lorentz and of Poincare up to 1904. Part 3 contains a detailed comparison of the works of Einstein and of Poincare in 1905. It is shown that both authors succeeded in constructing a coherent and fully relativistic theory, although… Expand
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