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Poincaré on clocks in motion

Walter, Scott A. (2014) Poincaré on clocks in motion. Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 47 (1). pp. 131-141. ISSN 1355-2198

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Abstract

Recently-discovered manuscripts throw new light on Poincaré’s discovery of the Lorentz group, and his ether-based interpretation of the Lorentz transformation. At first, Poincaré postulated longitudinal contraction of bodies in motion with respect to the ether, and ignored time deformation. In April, 1909, he acknowledged temporal deformation due to translation, obtaining thereby a theory of relativity more compatible with those of Einstein and Minkowski.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Walter, Scott A.scttwltr@gmail.com0000-0002-7492-9790
Keywords: philosophy of spacetime, conventionalism
Subjects: General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Scott A. Walter
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2023 11:59
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2023 11:59
Item ID: 22181
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Publisher: Elsevier
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.shpsb.2014.01.003
Subjects: General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: 2014
Page Range: pp. 131-141
Volume: 47
Number: 1
ISSN: 1355-2198
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22181

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