The history and the meaning of Einstein’s Principle of Equivalence

Antonio Feoli


We review from a historical and a didactic point of view the Equivalence Principle, which was considered by Einstein as the corner stone of his new theory of Gravitation: the General Relativity. Before and after the enormous success of his theory, this principle was the subject of studies and discussions. Still today, after more than one century, the debate about its interpretation, application and generalization is very fertile. Einstein soon understood the revolutionary significance of his idea and defined it as “the happiest thought of my life”.


History of Physics; Didactics of physics; Theory of Gravitation

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