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    DescriptionBY W. H. MCCREA, F. R. S. 'THE only justification for our concepts and system of concepts is that they serve to represent the complex of our experiences; beyond this they have no legitimacy. ' So Einstein writes on page 2 of this book. Most present-day physicists would agree, and many before Einstein must have held the same opinion. Einstein, however, put the opinion into practice to better purpose than any physicist before him. And for Einstein it evidently meant what it means for most of us today: a theory is the construction of a theoretical model of the world of physics; all the mathematical discussion applies to the model; the model embodies the 'system of concepts', and it serves 'to represent the complex of our experiences' if the experience of the theoretical observer in the theoretical model can be put into satisfactory correspondence with the experi- ence of the actual observer in the actual physical world. Classical mechanics and classical electromagnetism pro- vide models that are good representations of two sets of actual experiences. As Einstein was the first fully to appreciate, however, it is not possible to combine these into a single self-consistent model. The construction of the simplest possible self-consistent model is the achieve- ment of Einstein's theory of special relativity. The theory is found, in particular, to give a satisfactory representation of the electromagnetic interaction between charged particles through its use of the concept of the electromagnetic field.

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    The Meaning of Relativity
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Albert Einstein
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 203 mm
    Thickness: 9 mm
    Weight: 197 g
    ISBN 13: 9780412205606
    ISBN 10: 0412205602

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: SCI
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16100
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S7.4
    Abridged Dewey: 500
    LC classification: Q
    BISAC V2.8: SCI000000
    BIC subject category V2: PHR
    BISAC V2.8: REF000000
    DC22: 050
    DC21: 050
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: Q1-390
    Thema V1.0: GB, PHR
    Edition statement
    New impression
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Chapman and Hall
    Imprint name
    Chapman and Hall
    Publication date
    01 August 1967
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    Table of contents
    Space and Time in Pre-Relativity Physics.- The Theory of Special Relativity.- The General Theory of Relativity.- The general theory of relativity (continued).- Appendix I On the 'Cosmologic Problem'.- Appendix II relativistic theory of the Non-Symmetric Field.