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The mathematical theory of relativity (1920)
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An electron would not know how large it ought to be unless there existed independent lengths in space for it to measure itself against.
We have not to discover the properties of a thing which we have recognized in nature, but to discover how to recognize in nature a thing whose properties we have assigned.
Our ultimate analysis of space leads us not to a 'here' and a 'there', but to an extension such as that which relates 'here' and 'there' To put the conclusion rather crudely—space is not a lot of points close together; it is a lot of distances interlocked.
Results of measurements are the subject-matter of physics; and the moral of the theory of relativity is that we can only comprehend what the physical quantities stand for if we first comprehend what they are.
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