All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident: Arthur Schopenhauer -- In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual: Galileo Galilei -- Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it: Albert Einstein -- When you have eliminated the impossible, what ever remains, however improbable must be the truth: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough? Niels Bohr -- Whenever a true theory appears, it will be its own evidence. Its test is that it will explain all phenomena: Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Since the mathematicians invaded Relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore: Albert Einstein -- I would say that the aether is a medium invented by man for the purpose of propagating his misconceptions from one place to another: W.F.G. Swann: -- Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone: Albert Einstein -- Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little: Bertrand Russell -- If I could explain it to the average person, I would not have been worth the Nobel Prize: R. P. Feynman -- I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use: Galileo Galilei -- How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law?: Bertrand Russell -- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I´m not sure about the former: Albert Einstein -- The glory of mathematics is that you don't have to say what you are talking about: Richard Feynman -- Anything is possible if you don´t know what you are talking about: Author Unknown -- In life, everything is relative - except Einstein´s theory: Leonid S. Sukhorukov -- Don´\'t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you´ll have to ram them down people´s throats: Howard Aiken --A day will come undoubtedly when the ether will be discarded as useless: H. Poincaré -- First they tell you you´re wrong and they can prove it; then they tell you you´re right but it isn´t important; then they tell you it´s important but they knew it all along: Charles Kettering -- It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world: Aristotle -- The opposite of a true statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth: Niels Bohr -- A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it: Max Planck -- Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions: Eric Temple Bell -- Half this game is ninety percent mental: Yogi Berra

Una piccola vicenda dimenticata: Einstein, Вurali Forti е Boggio


Bernardini, Carlo


Historical Papers


Relativity Theory



Date Published:

August 2005




A. Einstein, Cesare Burali-Forti and Tommaso Boggio, Mario Pascal, Guido Castelnuovo, Tullio Levi Civita, Roberto Marcolongo, Bertrand Russell, Gregorio Ricci Curbastro, G. A. Maggi, Carlo Somigliana, Fundamentals of Relativity, Giuseppe Peano, Riemann




Bollettino dell'Unione Matematica Italiana


Molti anni fa, quand'ero studente, mi dedicai per qualche tempo all'incetta di libri scientifici usati: avevo scoperto che N apoli era una minie1·a а cielo aperto, con i suoi librai negli scantinati delle strade vicino all'Unive1·sita. Мiо padre fu gene1·0s0; е mi aiuto molto un lontano parente, Mai'io Pascal, il meccanico razionale figlio di Ernesto, famoso analista, che mi dava notizie ЬiЫiogi·afiche (spesso per conoscenza dil·etta) degli autori di quei testi «sac1'i». Ero igno1·ante, ma lettore instancabile otreche ЬiЫiomane. Tra i tanti, scovai alcuni libri che mi incuriosil·ono molto (е che oggi si trovano solo nеПе Ьiblioteche di vecchi istituti): uno Spazio е tempo (secondo le vedute di А. Einstein) di Guido Castelnuovo, pubЫicato da Zanichelli nel 1923 - del quale molti anni dopo ebbl l'onore di scrivere una breve prefazione, su richiesta degli Enriques, per la ristampa anastatica (1981) -; un saggio, Espaces courbes, critique de la relativite, di Cesai·e Burali Forti е Tommaso Boggio, pubЫicato dall'editore Andrea Viglongo di Torino nel 1924 (forse meglio conosciuto come «STEN » -Societa Tipografico Editrice Nazionale); inoltre, di Tullio Levi Civita, le Questioni di meccanica classica е relativista (Zanichelli, su testi di conf erenze tenute in Spagna nel gennaio-febb1·aio del 1921), nonche le sue lezioni Fondamenti di meccanica relativistica, redatte da Ешiсо Pe1·sico, il mio maestгo (Zanichelli, 1928);

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