Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity was inspired by Scottish philosopher

Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity was inspired by Scottish philosopher

Albert Einstein was inspired to propose his Theory of Relativity after reading the works of a 18th century Scottish philosopher, it has emerged.

A new letter, discovered at the University of Edinburgh shows that the German-born theoretical physicist had studied David Hume’s A Treatise of Human Nature just before proposing special relativity in 1905.

The groundbreaking theory suggested that the speed of light remained the same even if the observer was speeding up or slowing down, suggesting that time and space therefore could not be constant.

Yet it was Hume who had first questioned whether space and time were in fact fixed, and independent of each other, and had called for further scientific…

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