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Postulate versus observation in the special theory of relativity

Robertson, H. P. (1949) Postulate versus observation in the special theory of relativity. Reviews of Modern Physics, 21 (3). pp. 378-382. ISSN 0034-6861.

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In 1905 Einstein(1) published his theory of electro-dynamics of moving bodies, which has long since been incorporated in the accepted body of physical science under the less descriptive name of the special theory of relativity. The kinematical background for this theory, an operational interpretation of the Lorentz transformation, was obtained deductively by Einstein from a general postulate concerning the relativity of motion and a more specific postulate concerning the velocity of light.

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Additional Information:© 1949 by The American Physical Society. Special issue in honor of Albert Einstein on His Seventieth Birthday. Reviews of Modern Physics – July 1949 (Volume 21, Issue 3). Entire issue designated Free to Read by the American Physical Society.
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