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Henri Poincaré: Electrons to Special Relativity

Translation of Selected Papers and Discussion

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  • Features translations by an award-winning translator of Henri Poincaré

  • Recounts the discovery of radioactivity and the characterization of its components

  • An insightful reanalysis of data from 1902 concerning high-speed electrons

  • Offers a clear comparison of contributions by M. Abraham, H. A. Lorentz and H. Poincaré to a theory of electrons

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Table of contents (14 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Translation of Selected Papers

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. The Measurement of Time

      • Bruce D. Popp
      Pages 3-11
    3. Three Letters to H. A. Lorentz

      • Bruce D. Popp
      Pages 37-40
    4. On the Dynamics of the Electron

      • Bruce D. Popp
      Pages 45-102
    5. Dynamics of the Electron

      • Bruce D. Popp
      Pages 103-130
  3. Discussion

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 131-131
    2. Discovery of the Electron: Cathode Rays

      • Bruce D. Popp
      Pages 133-146
    3. Discovery of the Electron: Radioactivity

      • Bruce D. Popp
      Pages 147-165
    4. Poincaré as a Physicist

      • Bruce D. Popp
      Pages 195-209
    5. Translation, Language and Culture

      • Bruce D. Popp
      Pages 243-256
  4. Supplement, H. A. Lorentz

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 257-257
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 281-285

About this book

Produced by an award-winning translator of Henri Poincaré, this book contains translations of several seminal articles by Poincaré and discusses the experimental and theoretical investigations of electrons that form their context. 
In the 1950s, a dispute ignited about the origin of the theory of special relativity and thrust considerable notoriety on a paper written by Henri Poincaré in 1905. Accordingly, Part I presents the relevant translations of Poincaré’s work showing that radiation carries momentum and the covariance of the equations of electrodynamics, the continuity equation for charge, and the spacetime interval. Part II then discusses investigations by Thomson, Becquerel, and Kaufmann of electrons in diverse contexts; contributions of Abraham, Lorentz and Poincaré to a theory of electrons that includes Lorentz transformations and explains the dependence of mass on velocity; and finally, Poincaré’s exploration of the relativity principle, electron stability, and gravitation while rejecting absolute motion (ether) and an electromagnetic origin of mass. Part III contains the 1904 article by H. A. Lorentz presenting his transformations.
This book will be a fascinating read to graduate-level students, physicists, and science historians who are interested in the development of electrodynamics and the classical, relativistic theory of electrons at the beginning of the 20th century.

Keywords

  • classical theory of electrons
  • Abraham-Lorentz-Poincaré model of electrons
  • Poincaré stress
  • origins of special relativity
  • adoption of vector notation for electrodynamics
  • Poincaré papers
  • Poincaré translations
  • 20th century electrodynamics
  • pre-quantum theory of electrons
  • Poincaré ether
  • vector notation classical electrodynamics

Authors and Affiliations

  • Norwood, USA

    Bruce D Popp

About the author

Bruce D. Popp is an ATA-certified translator for French into English with a BA in physics from Cornell University and a PhD in astrophysics from Harvard University. He is the recipient of the 2017 S. Edmund Berger Prize for Excellence in Scientific and Technical Translation; he was awarded the prize for his first book, a translation from French into English of The Three-Body Problem and the Equations of Dynamics by Henri Poincaré (Springer 2017).

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USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-48039-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)