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Einstein's opponents : the public controversy about the theory of relativity in the 1920s

Author: Milena Wazeck
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
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"This detailed account of the controversy surrounding the publication of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity explores the ferocious popular and academic opposition which at one time encircled one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century. Based on extensive archival research, this fascinating discourse includes a compelling and entertaining examination of the contemporary literature
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Wazeck, Milena.
Einstein's opponents
(DLC) 2013045289
(OCoLC)865574882
Named Person: Albert Einstein; Albert Einstein
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Milena Wazeck
ISBN: 9781107688681 110768868X 9781139084185 1139084186 9781107598065 1107598060
OCLC Number: 867631039
Language Note: Translated from the German.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Contents; Translator's preface: making the imaginary accessible --
translating Einstein's Opponents; Technology contributing to accuracy; Names and cultural phenomena; Quotes and idioms; Terminology; Challenges; Word play; Conclusion; Bibliography; Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction; The current status of research; Structure of the book; Sources; 1 The world riddle solvers; 1.1 The dark side of the popularization of science; 1.2 The phenomenon of world riddle solving; 1.3 Contexts of world riddle solving; 1.3.1 Occultism. Case study: Johann Heinrich Ziegler. The chemist and the primordial light1.3.2 Life reform; Case study: Franz Kleinschrod. The hydropathic Kneipp physician and meta-mechanics; 1.3.3 Monism; Case study: Arthur Patschke. The engineer and the universal law of force; 1.4 The world riddle solvers' conception of science; 1.4.1 The demand for absolute truth; 1.4.2 Substance thinking; 1.4.3 Between the abyss and redemption --
science and world view; Criticism of civilization and historical philosophy from below; Natural science as therapy; The religionization of science. 1.5 The anti-academic attitude and dissociation from academic research1.6 Provisional appraisal of world riddle solving; ; Characteristics of world riddle solver theories; The world riddle solvers; 2 The confrontation with the theory of relativity; 2.1 The triumphal march of the theory of relativity in the public sphere; The newspaper environment in the Weimar Republic; The theory of relativity in popular culture; 2.2 The mental block to reception; 2.3 The defensive attitude to the "attack" of modern physics; 3 The debate on the content of the theory of relativity. 3.1 The criticism of the reorganization of fundamental physical concepts by the theory of relativity3.1.1 The simultaneity of the non-simultaneous as a determining factor for the criticism; The people left behind by progress --
academic science; The people left behind by progress --
the non-academic area; 3.1.2 Time; The everyday understanding of time and the understanding of time in classical physics; The relativization of simultaneity; The sweeping rejection of the relativization of simultaneity; Criticism based on alternative concepts of time; 3.1.3 Light. Time and the principle of the constancy of the speed of lightWave, particle, or something completely different --
what is light?; 3.1.4 Space; Relativistic space --
a physics of curved nothingness?; "Thing-space" or "container space" --
alternatives to relativistic space; 3.1.5 Gravitation; The debate about gravitation; The non-academic search for the nature of attractive force; The criticism of the theory of relativity based on mechanical theories of gravitation; Occult and vitalist conceptions of gravitation; 3.1.6 Ether; Ether in classical physics; The defense of ether.
Other Titles: Einsteins Gegner.
Responsibility: Milena Wazeck, University of East Anglia ; translated by Geoffrey S. Koby, Kent State University.
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