The Relativistic Deduction

Author: Émile Meyerson
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9400952112
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When the author of Identity and Reality accepted Langevin's suggestion that Meyerson "identify the thought processes" of Einstein's relativity theory, he turned from his assured perspective as historian of the sciences to the risky bias of contemporary philosophical critic. But Emile Meyerson, the epis temologist as historian, could not find a more rigorous test of his conclusions from historical learning than the interpretation of Einstein's work, unless perhaps he were to turn from the classical revolution of Einstein's relativity to the non-classical quantum theory. Meyerson captures our sympathy in all his writings: " . . . the role of the epistemologist is . . . in following the development of science" (250); the study of the evolution of reason leads us to see that "man does not experience himself reasoning . . . which is carried on unconsciously," and as the summation of his empirical studies of the works and practices of scientists, "reason . . . behaves in an altogether predict able way: . . . first by making the consequent equivalent to the antecedent, and then by actually denying all diversity in space" (202). If logic - and to Meyerson the epistemologist is logician - is to understand reason, then "logic proceeds a posteriori. " And so we are faced with an empirically based Par menides, and, as we shall see, with an ineliminable 'irrational' within science. Meyerson's story, written in 1924, is still exciting, 60 years later.

Case Of The Group Gsp 4

Author: Institut Henri Poincaré. Centre Émile Borel
Publisher: SMF
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This volume, the sequel to volume 298, is devoted to automorphic forms. However, this volume deals with a narrower topic, since it only concerns automorphic representations of the group $\mathrm {GSp}(4)$, mostly over the rationals. It deals with geometric questions (cohomology of Siegel varieties), arithmetic ones (Galois representations associated to cohomological cusp forms), and harmonic analytical ones (twisted fundamental lemma with weights). These questions had been more or less mentioned during the Paris Automorphic Semester in 2000, but the contributions gathered here are mostly later developments.

The N Body Problem In General Relativity

Author: T. Levi-Civita
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 9401733988
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1 IN THE MONOGRAPH SERIES directed by Henri Villat, several fasci cules have been devoted to Relativity. First there are the general presentations ofTh. De Donder (nos. 8, 14, 43, 58), and then those more specifically devoted to Einsteinian gravitation - notably Georges Darmois's contribution (no. 25) and that of J. Haag (no. 46) on the Schwarzschild problem. The present fascicule takes its place alongside the two latter monographs, but it has been conceived and composed in such a way that it may be read and understood by anyone with a knowledge of the principles of Absolute Differential Calculus and of Relativity - either from the original exposi tions of Einstein, Weyl, or Eddington, or, in French, from Cartan's excel 2 lent works (for everything having to do with mathematical theories) and 3 from Chazy's (for Relativity and Celestial Mechanics), or naturally from Levi-Civita's The Absolute Differential Calculus (first edition, London and Glasgow, Blackie and Son, 1927) where the two original papers written in Italian are brought together: namely, Calcolo differenziale assoluto and Fondamenti di meccanica relativistica (Bologna, Zanichelli). As for the present fascicule, it is hardly necessary to point out that, as its title indicates, we seek to establish in the simplest possible terms the rela tivistic aspect of what Newton and those who followed him regarded as the key to ordinary Celestial Mechanics.

Resource Letters

Author: American Association of Physics Teachers
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