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, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 301–335 | Cite as

Einstein’s cosmology review of 1933: a new perspective on the Einstein-de Sitter model of the cosmos

  • Cormac O’Raifeartaigh
  • Michael O’Keeffe
  • Werner Nahm
  • Simon Mitton
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Abstract

We present a first English translation and analysis of a little-known review of relativistic cosmology written by Albert Einstein in late 1932. The article, which was published in 1933 in a book of Einstein papers translated into French, contains a substantial review of static and dynamic relativistic models of the cosmos, culminating in a discussion of the Einstein-de Sitter model. The article offers a valuable contemporaneous insight into Einstein’s cosmology in the early 1930s and confirms that his interest lay in the development of the simplest model of the cosmos that could account for observation. The article also confirms that Einstein did not believe that simplified relativistic models could give an accurate description of the early universe.

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Cosmological Constant Spatial Curvature Relativistic Cosmology Dynamic Universe Cosmic Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cormac O’Raifeartaigh
    • 1
  • Michael O’Keeffe
    • 1
  • Werner Nahm
    • 2
  • Simon Mitton
    • 3
  1. 1.School of ScienceWaterford Institute of TechnologyWaterfordIreland
  2. 2.School of Theoretical PhysicsDublin Institute for Advanced StudiesDublin 2Ireland
  3. 3.Department of History and Philosophy of ScienceUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK

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