By Edmund T. Whittaker
First-class therapy of Electrodynamics and Relativity thought from a good old viewpoint. Whittaker's perspectives are suppressed simply because he was once courageous adequate to inform the reality concerning the actual contributions of Einstein to the Relativity idea (properly attributed to Poincaré and Lorentz).
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