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Topic: [HM] Erich Kretschmann
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[HM] Erich Kretschmann
Posted: Jun 24, 2006 9:21 AM
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Does anyone know why Erich Kretschmann didn't publish anything
after his first few papers in 1915 and 1917? I thought perhaps
that he perished in WWI or in the flu epidemic afterwards. However,
some of the biographical sketches on the web have him living for
many decades afterwards. His style was highly complex and
convoluted. He probably found writing painful and difficult.
However, his few papers started a debate about that status of
covariance that have lasted for some 90 years, and he probably
influenced Einstein's point-coincidence argument. Einstein
conceded his mathematical point about the possibility
of formulating any theory as covariant to him with a
qualification about Newtonian mechanics that soon proved wrong.
So it is surprising he wrote no more if indeed he lived many
decades later.

Val Dusek.

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