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What is the origin of the rubber sheet analogy?

Beware of ChatGPT, it can easily generate fake references for historical materials. A while ago, I asked about the origin of the concept of vector "norm". Not only it provided a fake German ...
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What is the origin of the rubber sheet analogy?

A rubber sheet analogy for curved spacetime was used very soon after Einstein's publication of General Relativity. The classic "bowling ball" version may have taken a few years to evolve, ...
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What is the origin of the rubber sheet analogy?

In the 12 December 1919 Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society there is starting on page 96 a "Discussion of the Theory of Relativity" with multiple speakers and in the portion ...
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What or who is Peloritan in the name "Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti"?

It is a toponym, functionally equivalent to "Messina". Cape Pelorus is the modern Capo Peloro=Faro Point, at the end of the Peloritani Mountains in North East Sicily, where Messina is. There ...
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When did it become a mainstream stereotype that physicists hate philosophy?

Gillings, R. J., The so-called Euler-Diderot incident, Am. Math. Mon. 61, 77-80 (1954). ZBL0055.00203:
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When did it become a mainstream stereotype that physicists hate philosophy?

The tipping point most probably was the so called Science Wars, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_wars particularly the Sokal affair https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sokal_affair Alan Sokal ...
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Zahler, Sussman, and Kolata Controversy of 1977

The following (and the references there) seems relevant: Guckenheimer, J. The catastrophe controversy. The Mathematical Intelligencer 1, 15–20 (1978). Looks like it was about attempts to hype the ...
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What are some physicists that wrote literary works?

Edited from Wikipedia: Leo Szilard (February 11, 1898 to May 30, 1964) was a Hungarian-German-American physicist and inventor. He conceived the nuclear chain reaction in 1933, patented the idea of a ...
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What are some physicists that wrote literary works?

Sir J. C. Bose was an Indian polymath specializing in Physics. He was also a writer and composed one of the first works in Bengali science fiction. From Wikipedia: In 1896, Bose wrote Niruddesher ...
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Who named Black Hole?

Space.com claims that The term "black hole" was coined many years later in 1967 by American astronomer John Wheeler. Which, given Conifold's references via Wikipedia, lead me to propose ...
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How was charge to mass ratio measured via electrolysis in 19th century?

The determination of mass to charge ratio of the hydrogen ion came from electrolysis experiments and Faraday's law of electrolysis, which were well established in J. J. Thomson's time. I wish modern ...
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What or who is Peloritan in the name "Accademia Peloritana dei Pericolanti"?

Also the term "pericolanti" (precarious) can sound strange, and the meaning of the name is explained on the website of the academia: Nasceva così, ufficialmente, la Periclitantes, ...
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How the concept of Momentum was discovered?

I already made this comment back in P.SE before you copied it here, but you seem not to have taken heed: without knowing much about the concept of Force at that time The concept of forces, all the ...
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What are some physicists that wrote literary works?

SF, doubtless to no one's surprise, is littered with them: Greg Benford: Dozens of SF novels and awards; PhD physics; Prof at UC Irving Poul Anderson: Major SF writer from 1950-2000; BS in Physics ...
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What are some physicists that wrote literary works?

Paolo Giordano is an Italian writer and physicist. His first and most famous novel is La solitudine dei numeri primi (The solitude of prime numbers), published in 2008. The novel has sold over a ...
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What are some physicists that wrote literary works?

Would you consider popular science book as literary work? While I would demarcate the two genres, what I like about the following instance is that the author beautifully explains modern physics ...
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What are some physicists that wrote literary works?

Tony Rothman is a retired physicist and author. The first book he wrote is a science fiction novel, The World is Round, which I think is a truly great sci-fi novels. Some of the dialogue and the way ...
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