FOM: to be replied leibniz

palma palma at
Mon Feb 25 08:41:55 EST 2002

where in leibniz?
"Alexander R. Pruss" wrote:

> From: "Gordon Fisher" <gfisher at>
> > Incidentally, just to discuss one of your examples
> > of purported failed intuition, in the book by
> > Einstein and Infeld called _Evolution of Physics_,
> > you will find a remark to the effect that if general
> > relativity had also been formulated by or available
> > to Copernicus, then he could have realized that
> > saying the sun goes around the earth and the earth
> > goes around the sun are equivalent in the sense
> > that one can choose coordinates so that each of
> > these is tenable.  Thus, say E and I (in their own
> > words), a lot of the fuss that has been made over
> > the transition from Ptolemaic to Copernican
> > astronomy would have been unnecessary, or at
> > least transformed.
> Just a historical footnote.  This relativistic argument was given almost
> three centuries earlier by Leibniz.  As far as I know, it was ignored in the
> debate at the time.  It's also interesting to note that the mere claim that
> the Copernican hypothesis is simpler for calculation would have been
> acceptable to everyone involved;  what troubled some was the further realist
> construal of the hypothesis intended to Copernicus.
> Alex
> --
> Dr. Alexander R. Pruss
> Department of Philosophy
> Georgetown University
> Washington, DC 20057-1133  U.S.A.
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