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The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 11/2021
Edizione: 1st ed. 2020


This contributed volume explores the renaissance of general relativity after World War II, when it transformed from a marginal theory into a cornerstone of modern physics. Chapters explore key historical processes related to the theory of general relativity, in addition to presenting a thorough treatment of the relevant science behind these episodes. A broad historiographical framework is introduced first, thus providing the broad context in which the given computational approaches and case studies occurred. Written by an international and interdisciplinary group of expert authors, these chapters will bring readers to a more complete understanding of Einstein’s theory. Specific topics include:
  • Social and citation networks
  • The Fock-Infeld dispute
  • Wheeler’s turn to gravitation theory
  • The position of general relativity in theories of fundamental interactions
  • The pursuit of a quantum theory of gravity
  • The emergence of dark matter in relation to cosmological models
  • Institutional frameworks for gravitational wave search in Europe
The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context is ideal for historians, philosophers, and sociologists of science. Students and researchers in physics will also be interested in the topics explored.


The Renaissance of General Relativity in Context: A Historiographical Review.- The Socio-Epistemic Networks of General Relativity, 1925-1970.- Patronage of Gravitational Physics and the Relativity Community in the USA (1949-1959).- The Fock-Infeld Dispute: An Illustration of the Renaissance of General Relativity in the Soviet Union.- Tokyo Wheeler or the Epistemic Preconditions of the Renaissance of Relativity.- Cosmological Constant A vs. Massive Gravitons: A Case Study in General Relativity Exceptionalism vs. Particle Physics Egalitarianism.- Toward a Quantum Theory of Gravity: Syracuse 1949-1962.- Closing in on the Cosmos: Cosmology's Rebirth and the Rise of the Dark Matter Problem.- Gravitational-wave Research as an Emerging Field in the Max Planck Society: The Long Roots of GEO600 and of the Albert Einstein Institute.- The Origins of Virgo and the Emergence of the International Gravitational Wave Community.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Einstein Studies
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 635 gr
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:X, 406 p. 29 illus., 27 illus. in color.
Pagine Arabe: 406
Pagine Romane: x

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