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Einstein's Opponents
The Public Controversy about the Theory of Relativity in the 1920s

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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107017443

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  • This detailed account of the controversy surrounding the publication of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity explores the ferocious popular and academic opposition which at one time encircled one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the twentieth century. Based on extensive archival research, this fascinating discourse includes a compelling and entertaining examination of the contemporary literature created by Einstein's detractors. Exploring the arguments and strategies, social contexts, and motivations of Einstein's detractors, and providing unique insights into the dynamics of scientific controversies, this book is ideal for anyone interested in the history and philosophy of physics, popular science, and the public understanding of science.

    • Provides a comprehensive account of the social and epistemic background to the controversy
    • Offers rare insight into opposition to the theory of relativity originating outside contemporary scientific circles, most notably medicine, law and engineering
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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107017443
    • length: 376 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 178 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.9kg
    • contains: 33 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. World riddle solvers
    2. Confrontation with the theory of relativity
    3. Debate on the content of the theory of relativity
    4. Marginalization and protest: strategic disputes with the theory of relativity
    Index.

  • Author

    Milena Wazeck, University of East Anglia
    Milena Wazeck is a Newton International Fellow at the University of East Anglia, and an historian of science interested in the intersection of modern physics and its social context.

    Translator

    Geoffrey S. Koby, Kent State University, Ohio

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