Last week, a friend of mine (Yannick Gouttenoire – a 2nd year student in Master’s Degree « Psychology of cooperative work » at the University 2 & École Centrale Lyon) told me to listen to a particular radio broadcast dealing with the theory of relativity by Albert Einstein (1879-1955).
First, I did some researches about this famous German physicist and his discoveries. I found a clearly explained documentary made by Arte concerning the three discoveries of Albert Einstein about this theory:
1. The light has always the same speed and nothing is fastest than the speed of the light.
2. The dilatation of time. The movement of a body provokes a slowing down of time.
3. More a body is moving, more its mass is increasing (E=mc²).
However, according to American and British investigations, Albert Einstein would haven’t found out these theories. Indeed, he would have plagiarized the work of Henri Poincaré (1854-1912), a famous French scientist during the 19th century.
Finally, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS in French) describes the numerous studies of Albert Einstein and Henri Poincaré in parallel. This short report illustrates that both characters worked on different concepts and had different visions like the « principle of relativity » or the « electromagnetic theory » for example. Yet, it is interesting to see their distinct points of view led them to the same results and conclusions…