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Clarifying Possible Misconceptions in the Foundations of General Relativity (2016)


We discuss what we take to be three possible misconceptions in the foundations of general relativity, relating to: (a) the interpretation of the weak equivalence principle and the relationship between gravity and inertia; (b) the connection between gravitational redshift results and spacetime curvature; and (c) the Einstein equivalence principle and the ability to “transform away” gravity in local inertial coordinate systems.

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Authors & Contributors
Renn, Jürgen
Sauer, Tilman
Gutfreund, Hanoch
Einstein, Albert
Gilmore, Gerard
Tausch-Pebody, Gudrun
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Physics in Perspective
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Archive for History of Exact Sciences
Princeton University Press
Cambridge University Press
The MIT Press
Relativity, general
Relativity, special
Philosophy of science
Einstein, Albert
Klein, Oskar Benjamin
Dyson, Frank Watson
De Donder, Théophile
Abraham, Max
Rosenfeld, Léon
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
19th century
17th century
Lisbon (Portugal)
London (England)
Princeton University

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