Item description for Einstein, 1905-2005: Poincaré Seminar 2005 (Progress in Mathematical Physics) by Thibault Damour...
The Poincar Seminar is held twice a year at the Institute Henri Poincar in Paris. The goal of this seminar is to provide up-to-date information about general topics of great interest in physics. Both the theoretical and experimental results are covered, with some historical background. Particular care is devoted to the pedagogical nature of the presentation. This volumeis devoted to Einstein's 1905 papers and their legacy. After apresentation of Einstein's epistemological approach to physics, and the genesisof special relativity, a centenary perspective is offered. The geometry ofrelativistic spacetime is explained in detail. Single photon experiments are presented, as a spectacular realization of Einstein's light quanta hypothesis. A previously unpublishedlecture by Einstein, which presents an illuminatingpoint of view on statistical physics in 1910, at the dawn of quantum mechanics, isreproduced. The volume ends with an essay on the historical, physicaland mathematical aspects of Brownian motion.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.8" Weight: 1.35 lbs.
Release Date Dec 22, 2005
Publisher Birkhäuser Basel
ISBN 3764374357 ISBN13 9783764374358
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More About Thibault Damour
Thibault Damour has an academic affiliation as follows - IHES, France.
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Fascinating Reading Apr 14, 2006
Sub-Title: Poincar Seminar 2005 (Progress in Mathematical Physics) ==In 1905 Einstein, then an unknown physicist, published three papers in a single issue of the most important physics journal in Germany. ==One of thse papers would have earned him an honorable mention in physical chemistry textbooks. One (on the basic theory of how TV picture tubes work) got him a Nobel Prize . The third was the Theory of Relativity. ==In 2005 a conference was held with the subject to be Einstein's 1905 papers. This book is a reprint of the papers given at that conference. The papers vary from a previously unpublished paper Einstein wrote in 1910. Through some reports on the current state of research in the three subjects
My favorite was a paper on how Einstein came up with his theory. There are lots of guesses:
a sudden moment of brilliant insight, the fact that experiments over the previous twenty or so years and various theories that resolved them allowed Einstein to simply put them together , there's the point of view that he reached his theory by a philosophical criticism of Newton's laws , there's a new theory that his first wife (who was probably a better mathematician than he) was really responsible , the fact that tensor calculus had just been invented and was used in the proof.
The answer, of course, is that we don't know what make genius. Yes there were cracks in Newtonian physics, but all the other physicists of the time knew about them. None of them put it all together.
This is not a book for the casual reader. But for the interested reader it is fascinating.