The theory of relativity of Albert Einstein was inspired by a Scottish philosopher


AAlbert Einstein had the inspiration to propose his theory of relativity after reading the works of an eighteenth century Scottish philosopher, he emerged.

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

Revolutionary theory suggested that the speed of light remained the same, even if the observer accelerated or slowed down, suggesting that time and space could not be constant.

Yet it was Hume who first asked if space and time were in fact fixed and independent of each other, and he had called for more scientific research …

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