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Kinematics : The Lost Origins of Einstein's Relativity - Alberto A. Martinez


The Lost Origins of Einstein's Relativity

Hardcover Published: 17th June 2009
ISBN: 9780801891359
Number Of Pages: 488
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The field of kinematics -- the science of motion -- has long been neglected and misrepresented. Despite rich traditions rooted in ancient times, modern physical kinematics never became a professional discipline. No journals or academic societies were founded to support its development and study and most physicists took the science of motion for granted. Yet some came to doubt its very principles, even denouncing its basic language -- coordinate algebra -- as an impediment to scientific progress.

In this unique and comprehensive history of kinematics, Alberto A. MartA-nez rescues the forgotten roots of this field that led to Einstein's theory of special relativity. Using clear explanations and accessible language, he analyzes the development of kinematics; explains how mathematics, engineering, philosophy, and psychology pulled it in divergent directions; and discusses why modern kinematics inherited old and unresolved ambiguities.

All students of physics and general science study basic kinematics. MartA-nez draws from an unparalleled wealth of sources to demonstrate why it is essential to the study and evolution of physics today.

Fascinating. Choice The author uses clear and easy-to-understand language to describe how kinematics is essential to the modern study of physics. Scitech Book News A great deal of interesting historical material on kinematic ideas... the story of Einstein's pathway to discovery is a gem... an illuminating pleasure to read. Einstein, the smasher of earlier images of physics, would have been the first to applaud this very human account of himself and this period of his life. Perhaps this text will turn out to be inspirational reading for some future young Einstein! -- Peter J. Bussey Contemporary Physics The book is really two books in one... Martinez deserves our gratitude for digging up a rich selection of recollections. Physics in Perspective This often-overlooked branch of mechanics, which describes objects' motion, provided the foundation for special relativity, a historian argues. Science News Martinez draws from an unparalleled wealth of sources. -- Hans-Jurgen Schmidt Zentralblatt Math The author has indeed succeeded in offering the reader a wealth of material, presented in an accessible way. -- Giora Hon Metascience

Prefacep. vii
Big Picture: Rise of a Rejected Sciencep. 1
Where to Begin? Invisible Causes or Visible Motionsp. 38
Ambiguous Truths: The Allegedly Pure Science of Motionp. 67
Debates over Language: Coordinates versus Vectorsp. 122
Scientific Definitions: The Concepts of Space and Timep. 168
Discovery and Invention: Conceptual Origins of Einstein's Relativityp. 209
Text and Equations: Elements of Einstein's Kinematicsp. 291
Critical History: The Algebra of Motionp. 362
Bibliographyp. 419
Indexp. 451
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ISBN: 9780801891359
ISBN-10: 0801891353
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 488
Published: 17th June 2009
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.79