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Journal Articles Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics Year : 2014

Poincaré on clocks in motion

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Scott A. Walter

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Recently-discovered manuscripts throw new light on Poincaré's discovery of the Lorentz group, and his ether-based interpretation of the Lorentz transformation. At first, Poincaré postulated longitudinal contraction of bodies in motion with respect to the ether, and ignored time deformation. In April, 1909, he acknowledged temporal deformation due to translation, obtaining thereby a theory of relativity more compatible with those of Einstein and Minkowski.
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Scott A. Walter. Poincaré on clocks in motion. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 2014, 47 (1), pp.131-141. ⟨10.1016/j.shpsb.2014.01.003⟩. ⟨halshs-01234459⟩
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