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Was Einstein a Lone Genius?

Weinstein, Galina (2023) Was Einstein a Lone Genius? [Preprint]

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Albert Einstein's journey to formulate the theory of general relativity involved significant shifts in his approach to gravitational field equations. Starting in 1912, he collaborated with Marcel Grossmann and initially explored broadly covariant field equations. However, in 1913, Einstein discarded these equations in favor of the non-covariant "Entwurf" field equations. This shift was a crucial step in his path to the final theory of general relativity, which he eventually achieved in 1915. This analysis explores Einstein's evolving ideas and decisions regarding the mathematical framework of his theory of gravity during the critical period 1912-1916.
My findings in this paper highlight that Einstein's brilliance did not exist in isolation but thrived within a vibrant scientific discourse. His work was significantly enriched through contributions and discussions with friends and colleagues, notably Michele Besso and Marcel Grossmann, illustrating the collaborative essence of scientific advancement. Nevertheless, it is essential to recognize that while these individuals made substantial contributions, they did not share an equal role in shaping the fundamental framework of general relativity, which remained predominantly Einstein's intellectual creation. This nuanced perspective enhances our grasp of the pivotal role played by collaborative dynamics in the development of groundbreaking theories.


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Weinstein, Galinagaliweinstein.mc2@gmail.com
Keywords: Einstein, Besso, Grossmann, General relativity, Mercury perihelion, Entwurf theory, David Hilbert, Zurich notebook, field equations, rotation, Newtonian limit, hole argiment, conservation of energy-momentum, metric tensor, adapted, unimodular transformations, Christoffel, Ricci, contracted Bianchi identity, deflection of light, geodesic
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Foundations
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr. Galina Weinstein
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2023 21:46
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 21:46
Item ID: 22758
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Explanation
Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Foundations
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 8 November 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22758

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