Caltech Seminar on History and Philosophy of Science
Thursday, December 7, 2023 12:00 pm EST
John Norton, Distinguished Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh
Einstein's treatment of spacetime singularities is now sometimes viewed as haphazard and even ill-informed. Contrary to that view, I shall argue that his treatment fitted with a consistent program of research that privileged physical requirements and analytic expressions over geometric constructions, which he regarded as defeasible and of purely heuristic value.
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