Editor: Rinat M. Nugayev

Einstein's Revolution: A Study Of Theory Unification

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-636-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-635-4 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2018
DOI: 10.2174/97816810863541180101


Einstein’s Revolution: A Study of Theory Unification gives students of physics and philosophy, and general readers, an epistemological insight into the genesis of Einstein’s special relativity and its further unification with other theories. The book starts with an introductory analysis of the reasons for mature theory change in science. This leads to a discussion about special relativity genesis.

It is contended that Einstein’s ingenious approach to special relativity creation, substantially distinguishing him from Lorentz’s and Poincaré’s invaluable impacts, turns to be a milestone of maxwellian electrodynamics, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics reconciliation design. Special relativity turns out to be grounded on Einstein’s breakthrough 1905 light quantum hypothesis. Eventually the author amends the received view on the general relativity genesis by stressing that the main reason for Einstein’s victory over the rival programmes of Abraham and Nordström was a unificationist character of Einstein’s research programme.


Dr. Rinat M. Nugayev is a professor of dept. of humanities & social sciences at the Volga Region State Academy, Kazan 35, Universiade Village, 420138, the Republic of Tatarstan, Russian Federation. His book “Einstein’s Revolution: A Study of Theory Unification” exhibits an attempt to provide a rational reconstruction of Einstein’s Revolution that took place at the beginning of the XXth century.

In my view, his attempt can be taken as interesting and successful but not least because the reconstruction is grounded on his lucid epistemological mature theory-choice model. The model tries to advance the ideas of Russian physicists and philosophers of science M.I. Podgoretzky and J.A. Smorodinsky that hinge upon the “cross-contradiction” concept. I reckon that Nugayev’s perspicuous account, embracing vast history of science stuff, is more convincing in many important respects than the corresponding eminent reconstructions of Thomas S. Kuhn, Imre Lakatos and their partisans.

The problem of scientific revolutions is still one of the most significant problems of the contemporary epistemology and philosophy of science, hence the author’s book is up to date. Thus, I uphold the view that Rinat M. Nugayev’s book should be published.

Elena Mamchur
DSc in Philosophy, Professor, a leading researcher of department of philosophy of science,
Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences,
12/1 Goncharnaya str., Moscow, 109420,
Russian Federation


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