From the history of physics

On the addition of velocities in the theory of relativity

Presented in translation from the German is Arnold Sommerfeld’s paper “Über die Zusammensetzung der Geschwindigkeiten in der Relativtheorie”, Physikalische Zeitschrift 10 826 (1909), which retains its relevance a hundred years after its publication, as is discussed by G B Malykin, Usp. Fiz. Nauk 180 965 (2010) [Physics-Uspekhi 53 (9) 923 (2010)].

Arnold Sommerfeld’s article “Über die Zusammensetzung der Geschwindigkeiten in der Relativtheorie” was sent by the author in 1909 simultaneously to two journals with the goal of reaching a wider scientific community, in full agreement with the practice accepted at that time, and was published almost simultaneously in Physikalische Zeitschrift [10 826 (1909)] and Verhandlungen der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft [11 557 (1909)].

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Fulltext is also available at DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0180.201009e.0970
PACS: 01.65.+g, 02.40.Ky, 03.30.+p (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0180.201009e.0970
Citation: Sommerfeld A "On the addition of velocities in the theory of relativity" Phys. Usp. 53 929–931 (2010)
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Оригинал: Зоммерфельд А «О сложении скоростей в теории относительности» УФН 180 970–972 (2010); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0180.201009e.0970

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