Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition

After completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Albert Einstein wrote a book about relativity for a popular audience. His intention was "to give an exact insight into the theory of relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics." The book remains one of the most lucid explanations of the special and general theories ever written. In the early 1920s alone, it was translated into ten languages, and fifteen editions in the original German appeared over the course of Einstein's lifetime.

This new edition of Einstein's celebrated book features an authoritative English translation of the text along with an introduction and a reading companion by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn that examines the evolution of Einstein's thinking and casts his ideas in a broader present-day context. A special chapter explores the history of and the stories behind the early foreign-language editions in light of the reception of relativity in different countries. This edition also includes a survey of the introductions from those editions, covers from selected early editions, a letter from Walther Rathenau to Einstein discussing the book, and a revealing sample from Einstein's handwritten manuscript.

Published on the hundredth anniversary of general relativity, this handsome edition of Einstein's famous book places the work in historical and intellectual context while providing invaluable insight into one of the greatest scientific minds of all time.

Details Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition

Title Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition
AuthorAlbert Einstein
Release Date16th Jun 2015
PublisherPrinceton University Press
FormatDeluxe Edition
Pages320 pages

8 reviews on “Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition

  1. OB1 Benjamin Dover.Traceable2.RealName:)

    To sum this up, Einstein’s power of imagination combined with the famous equation will always be a factor behind the last hundred years of progress that led to a lot of our modern thinking, way of life as well as advances. This book remains a lasting testimony during those early years proving a theoretical thinkers tremendous capability in being just as much a key component in discovery like the experiments themselves!For example, a HUNDRED YEARS earlier Einstein’s General Relativity predicted the possibility for ‘gravitational waves’ that had been recently confirmed as something more ‘factual’ (rather than an anomaly in the equations) that predict it earning researchers a nobel prize. This find also compliments and reinforces the generally accepted idea’s concerning inflation as well as the big bang theories!Even 100 years ago, it was understood that the holy grail of science was grand unification. Even with Einstein’s attempt at unifying the gravitational and electromagnetic forces i…

  2. Michael L Detzler

    If you have trouble grasping Einstein’s theories read this. Get his thought processes straight from him….

  3. Michael Kirk

    I very much enjoyed this book. It expanded my understanding on the theory of relativity by Einstein’s own hand, which is what I was searching for when I purchased the book. I also especially enjoyed the later sections, which help the reader understand the concepts as written. As a published author of eBooks, I find it appalling that a reader would attack this book and author by a “one star” rating – just because he doesn’t believe in the theory. That’s like attacking Dairy Queen because you don’t like ice cream. It’s completely unwarranted and juvenile. And despite this person’s raving arguments “against” the theory, yes, the theory is proven even 100 years later by people much smarter than you. The atomic clocks on the international space station are slow by 0.007 seconds every six months, and the GPS satellites are ever so slightly faster (because they are in geosynchronous orbit – same speed but less gravity). So yes, the theory is proven and the book is a great representation of wh…

  4. Illuminatus

    Unlike other theories in modern physics, certain aspects of the special and general theories of relativity can be understood by laymen since explanations of some of the fundamental tenets can be achieved by recourse to analogy with phenomena common in everyday experience. For example, one of the most important principles of general relativity, the equivalence between a uniform gravitational field and constant acceleration, is familiar to anyone who has taken a ride in a lift.In the nearly one hundred years since the first appearance of the German edition of this work, no one has done a better job of providing a popular introduction to the basic physical concepts than the master himself. The reader will achieve both an intuitive understanding of the physics and an appreciation of the workings of one of the most powerful intellects in the history of civilisation.This delightful celebration edition also contains some excellent background material that makes it a wonderful tribute to the…

  5. Bob Wilson

    Hearing him in his own words is the best way to understand Relativity…

  6. E. Brennan

    My husband likes this book. He is really into physics (retired engineer)….

  7. Rod B.

    i checked this book because the other with the same title left off many equations adding placemarks instead. This books sample has only two or three pages of actual book sample but most preface and intro. i do not know if equations are showm or not and do not want to spend big bucks to find out….

  8. Customer

    It doesnt contain half of what I was expecting it to….

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