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Thematic Origins of Scientific Thought: Kepler to Einstein New edition Edition
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Let us look at the relativity theory part. People who tell the story with a purely "analytic" mindset almost invariably emphasise the allegedly "crucial" experiment of Michelson. Holton's "thematic" study reveals a very different reality by identifying two far more important sources of influence on Einstein.
One rather unexpected influence is Föppl, an obscure physicist-engineer who wrote a textbook on Maxwell's theory. As a student Einstein was never taught Maxwell's theory as it was never offered as a course, which he regretted since he "seemed to conceive of himself as an experimentalist" (p.Read more ›
I only wish that I could have attended a course by Dr. Holton.