Corpus ID: 119098668

Time Coordinates and Clocks: Einstein's Struggle

  title={Time Coordinates and Clocks: Einstein's Struggle},
  author={D. Dieks},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • D. Dieks
  • Published 2018
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
  • In his Autobiographical Notes, Einstein mentioned that on his road to the final theory of general relativity it was a major difficulty to accustom himself to the idea that coordinates need not possess an immediate physical meaning in terms of lengths and times. This appears strange: that coordinates are conventional markers of events seems an obvious fact, already familiar from pre-relativistic physics. In this paper we explore the background of Einsteins difficulties, going from his 1905 paper… CONTINUE READING


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