Tomorrow a Conference on the History of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

Space-Time Theories: Historical and Philosophical Contexts. 2015 marks the centenary of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity (GTR). To celebrate this anniversary, this conference will bring together physicists, historians and philosophers of science, all working from different perspectives on problems inspired by GTR.

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Below I bring Einstein’s derivation of the equations from the right-hand side of the above photo (for further details see my papers on the history of general relativity). Einstein’s conclusion from this derivation is: “A ray of light passing by the sun therefore undergoes a deflection of 1.7”. (Below it should be “on” and not “in”… typo…). The derivation is from 1916, the review paper: The foundation of the general theory of relativity.

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