Some remarks on the genesis of scalartensor theories
Abstract
Between 1941 and 1962, scalartensor theories of gravitation were suggested four times by different scientists in four different countries. The earliest originator, the Swiss mathematician W. Scherrer, was virtually unknown until now whereas the chronologically latest pair gave their names to a multitude of publications on BransDicke theory. P. Jordan, one of the pioneers of quantum mechanics and quantum field theory, and Y. Thiry, known by his book on celestial mechanics, a student of the mathematician Lichnerowicz, complete the quartet. Diverse motivations for and conceptual interpretations of their theories will be discussed as well as relations among them. Also, external factors like language, citation habits, or closeness to the mainstream are considered. It will become clear why BransDicke theory, although structurally a déjàvu, superseded all the other approaches.
 Publication:

General Relativity and Gravitation
 Pub Date:
 August 2012
 DOI:
 10.1007/s1071401213788
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1204.3455
 Bibcode:
 2012GReGr..44.2077G
 Keywords:

 Cosmology;
 Alternative theories of gravitation;
 History of Physics;
 General Relativity and Quantum Cosmology
 EPrint:
 24 pages