Author(s)  Corry L; Renn J; Stachel J


Title  Belated decision in the HilbertEinstein priority dispute


Source  SCIENCE 278 (5341): 12701273


Date  1997 NOV 14


Type  Journal : Article


LCR: 5 NCR: 19 LCS: 14 GCS: 19
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Address  MAX PLANCK INST HIST SCI,D10117 BERLIN,GERMANY.
TEL AVIV UNIV,COHN INST HIST & PHILOSOPHY SCI & IDEAS,IL69978 RAMAT AVIV,TEL AVIV,ISRAEL.
BOSTON UNIV,DEPT PHYS,BOSTON,MA 02215.


Abstract  According to the commonly accepted view, David Hilbert completed the general theory of relativity at least 5 days before Albert Einstein submitted his conclusive paper an this theory on 25 November 1915. Hilbert's article, bearing the date of submission 20 November 1915 but published only on 31 March 1916, presents a generally covariant theory of gravitation, including field equations essentially equivalent to those in Einstein's paper. A close analysis of archival material reveals that Hilbert did not anticipate Einstein; The first set of proofs of Hilbert's paper shows that the theory he originally submitted is not generally covariant and does not include the explicit form of the field equations of general relativity.


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