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Topic: [HM] poincare and his "inspired" followers
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Judy Grabiner

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Registered: 12/3/04
Re: [HM] poincare and his "inspired" followers
Posted: Sep 28, 2005 12:48 AM
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Dear Colleagues,

There are three very interesting articles on Einstein
in the December 2004 issue of Isis, the Journal of the
History of Science Society, with a 3-page introduction by
Peter Galison (which includes a brief but valuable
bibliography of recent scholarship on Einstein).
The articles are:
Olivier Darrigol, The Mystery of the Einstein-Poincare'
Connection, pp. 614-626;
Fred Jerome, Einstein, Race, and the Myth of the Cultural
Icon, pp. 627-639;
Juergen Renn, The Relativity Revolution from the
Perspective of Historical Epistemology, pp. 640-648.
The article by Darrigol does not take a position on
"direct borrowing" versus "common previous influences" in
accounting for the similarity in the work of Einstein
and Poincare, but reviews a lot of what has been written
and gets the reader into the literature.

Judith V. Grabiner
Flora Sanborn Pitzer Professor of Mathematics, Pitzer College

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