Einstein's `Z\"urich Notebook' and his Journey to General Relativity

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Straumann, Norbert;
  • Identifiers: doi: 10.1002/andp.201110467
  • Subject: General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology | Physics - History and Philosophy of Physics

On the basis of his `Z\"urich Notebook' I shall describe a particularly fruitful phase in Einstein's struggle on the way to general relativity. These research notes are an extremely illuminating source for understanding Einstein's main physical arguments and conceptual ... View more
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