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Lessons from Einstein’s 1915 discovery of general relativity

Lee Smolin
There is a myth that Einstein’s discovery of general relativity was due to his following beautiful mathematics to discover new insights about nature. I argue that this is an incorrect reading of the history and that what Einstein did was to follow physical insights which arose from asking that the story we tell of how nature works be coherent.
Contents
1 The lessons of general relativity
2 Following Einstein’s path
3 Going beyond the standard model: which legacy to follow?
4 The search for new principles
5 Einstein’s unique approach to physics
…Read more at http://arxiv.org/pdf/1512.07551v1.pdf

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