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The Theory of the Relativity of Motion (Classic Reprint)
by:Richard Chace Tolman
HISTORICAL DEVELOP~lEXT OF IDEAS AS TO THE NATURE OF SPACE AND TIME. 1. Since the year 1905, which marked the publication of Einstein's momentous article on the theory of relativity, the development of scientific thought has led to a complete revolution in accepted ideas as to the nature of space and time, and this revolution has in turn profoundly...
HISTORICAL DEVELOP~lEXT OF IDEAS AS TO THE NATURE OF SPACE AND TIME. 1. Since the year 1905, which marked the publication of Einstein's momentous article on the theory of relativity, the development of scientific thought has led to a complete revolution in accepted ideas as to the nature of space and time, and this revolution has in turn profoundly modified those dependent sciences, in particular mechanics and electro magnetics, which make use of these two fundamental concepts in their considerations. In the following pages it will be our endeavor to present a description of these new notions as to the nature of space and time, * and to give a partial account of the consequent modifications which have been introduced into various fields of science. Before proceeding to this task, however, we may well review those older ideas as to space and time which until now appeared quite sufficient for the correlation of scientific phenomena. We shall first consider the space andTable of Contents THE THEORY OF THE RELATIVITY OF MOTION; BY; RICHARD C TOLMAN, PHD; TABLE OF CONTENTS; PUEFACE 1; CUArTER 1 llistoricol Development of Ideas as to the Nature of Space and; TIme " 5; Part I The Space and Time of Galilco and N cwton 5; Newtonian Time 6; Newtonian Space 7; The Galileo Tra~formation Equations 9; Part II The Space and Time of the Ether Theory 10; Rise or the Ether Theory 10; Idea oC a Stationary Ether 12; Ether in the Keighborhood of Moving Bodies 12; Ether Entrained in Dielectrics 13; The Lorentz Theory of a Stationary Ether 13; Part III Rise of the Einstein Theory of Relativity 17; The Michelson-Morley Experiment 17; The Postulates of Einstein 18; CHAPTER II The Two Postulates of the Einstein Theory of Relativity 20; The First Postulate of Relativity 20; The Sccond Postulate of the Einstein Theory of Relatiyity 21;
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