What is so “special” about “relativity”?

  • Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 50)


Einsteinian Relativity Galilei Transformation Galilean Relativity General Physical Principle Galilean Theory 
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    A fascinating account of the historical and social context of Einstein's work is to be found in L.S. Feuer, “Einstein and the Generations of Science” (Basic Books, N.Y. 1974); see especially pp. 59–60 a discussion of the ideological connotations of the “relativist” terminology.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond
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  1. 1.Physique ThéoriqueUniversité Paris VIIParis

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