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dc.contributor.authorWeinert, Friedel*
dc.date.accessioned2009-12-11T16:13:23Z
dc.date.available2009-12-11T16:13:23Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.identifier.citationWeinert F (2007) Einstein and the Laws of Physics. Physics and Philosophy. Vol. 2007.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/4066
dc.descriptionNoen
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of constraints in the theory of relativity and, in particular, what philosophical work they do for Einstein's views on the laws of physics. Einstein presents a view of local ``structure laws'' which he characterizes as the most appropriate form of physical laws. Einstein was committed to a view of science, which presents a synthesis between rational and empirical elements as its hallmark. If scientific constructs are free inventions of the human mind, as Einstein, held, the question arises how such rational constructs, including the symbolic formulation of the laws of physics, can represent physical reality. Representation in turn raises the question of realism. Einstein uses a number of constraints in the theory of relativity to show that by imposing constraints on the rational elements a certain ``fit'' between theory and reality can be achieved. Fit is to be understood as satisfaction of constraint. His emphasis on reference frames in the STR and more general coordinate systems in the GTR, as well as his emphasis on the symmetries of the theory of relativity suggests that Einstein's realism is akin to a certain form of structural realism. His version of structural realism follows from the theory of relativity and is independent of any current philosophical debates about structural realism.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectEinsteinen
dc.subject; Laws of Physicsen
dc.subject; Covarianceen
dc.subject; Invarianceen
dc.subject; Laws of natureen
dc.subject; Realismen
dc.subject; Relativityen
dc.subject; Structural realismen
dc.subject; Symmetriesen
dc.titleEinstein and the Laws of Physicsen
dc.status.refereedYesen
dc.typeArticleen
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dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.17877/DE290R-8891


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