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Einstein and the ether

Author: Ludwik Kostro
Publisher: Montreal : Apeiron, 2000.
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Genre/Form: History
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Kostro, Ludwik.
Einstein and the ether.
Montreal : Apeiron, 2000
(OCoLC)891718017
Named Person: Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ludwik Kostro
ISBN: 0968368948 9780968368947
OCLC Number: 44905866
Description: iv, 242 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Ch. 1. Einstein's view on the ether before 1905. 1.1. First notions of electromagnetism and the ether. 1.2. Einstein's youthful "scientific work" on the ether and magnetic field. 1.3. Einstein designs experiments to confirm the Earth's motion through the ether. 1.4. Einstein's first doubts about the existence of the ether and the electrodynamics of his time. 1.5. Conceptual premises for doubts concerning the ether --
Ch. 2. Einstein denies the existence of the ether (1905-1916). 2.1. Works published before the Special Relativity Theory. 2.2. The ether becomes superfluous. 2.3. Beginnings of the General Theory of Relativity. 2.4. Einstein finds a new argument against the ether. 2.5. Other works in which Einstein rejects the ether. 2.6. Origin of the dispute between Einstein and Lenard. 2.7. Minkowski's four-dimensional world. 2.8. Einstein on the path to the new ether. 2.9. Summary --
Ch. 3. Einstein introduces his new concept of the ether (1916-1924). 3.1. Correspondence with Lorentz, polemic with Lenard. 3.2. The new ether concept in the "Morgan Manuscript" 3.3. The anti-Einstein campaign over the ether. 3.4. Preparations for an extensive presentation of the new ether concept. 3.5. The Einstein-Lenard debate in Bad Nauheim. 3.6. Lenard's reaction to Einstein's response. 3.7. Weyl replies to Lenard's objections. 3.8. Einstein's inaugural lecture in Leiden. 3.9. Eddington's relativistic ether. 3.10. Weyl's improved version of the relativistic ether. 3.11. Kaluza's pentadimensional world. 3.12. Einstein's second major work on the new ether. 3.13. Evolution of Einstein's epistemological views --
Ch. 4. Development of Einstein's ether concept (1925-1955). 4.1. Einstein's first attempt to solve the unification problem. 4.2. The Kaluza-Klein pentadimensional continuum. 4.3. Space-time continuum with teleparallelism. 4.4. Four-dimensional space-time with pentavectors. 4.5. Anti-Einstein campaign. Einstein leaves Europe. 4.6. Elementary particles as "portions" of space. 4.7. History of ether continued in relativity theory. 4.8. Material nature of the space-time continuum. 4.9. New attempt to improve Kaluza's theory. 4.10. Einstein finally rejects Kaluza's theory. 4.11. The theory of bivector fields. 4.12. A new attempt to generalise General Relativity. 4.13. Asymmetric field --
return to the 1925 idea. 4.14. Changes in Einstein's views on physical space. 4.15. Did Einstein stop using the term "ether" after 1938? 4.16. New editions of Einstein's works on the new ether. 4.17. Did the idea of a relativistic ether survive? --
Ch. 5. Physical meaning of Einstein's relativistic ether. 5.1. Einstein stresses the model-like nature of physical cognition. 5.2. Einstein's space-time models and contemporary physics. 5.3. Three models of Einstein's relativistic ether. 5.4. Essential attributes of Einstein's ether. 5.5. "Physical space," "ether," "field": are they synonymous? 5.6. Should the expressions "new ether" and "relativistic ether" be used today? --
App. Original Quotations.
Responsibility: Ludwik Kostro.

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