Histoire de la Relativité Générale d'Einstein: Développement Conceptuel de la Théorie

Abstract : The work is a translation in french, supplemented by explanatory tables, an index and a few remarks of the Ph.D. thesis of Patrick R. Girard, "The Conceptual Development of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity", The University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA), Ph.D.1981. Among all the physical theories developed by Albert Einstein, the general theory of relativity (GTR) is generally considered as his masterpiece. This theory has yielded the most successful treatment of gravitation known so far, and has, to the present day (1981), brilliantly withstood all the experimental tests to which it has been submitted, while many competing theories have been eliminated. Despite its success, the history of the general theory of relativity has received much less attention than the history of the special theory. Though various aspects of the history of the general theory of relativity have been treated elsewhere, no comprehensive, detailed historical account of the sucçessive stages in the development of the general theory of relativity has, to my knowledge, been published. It is the purpose of this dissertation to fill that gap. The dissertation will not only analyze the mathematical development of the theory in detail, from 1907 to 1917, but will also pay close attention to Einstein's motivations. Though it is generally known that Einstein was motivated by epistemological reasons in the development of GTR, this is the first time that this claim is thoroughly documented.
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Patrick Girard. Histoire de la Relativité Générale d'Einstein: Développement Conceptuel de la Théorie. Sciences de l'Homme et Société. University of Wisconsin-Madison USA, 1981. Français. ⟨tel-02321688⟩

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