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Relativity : the Special & the General Theory

Author: Albert Einstein; Hanoch Gutfreund; Jürgen Renn
Publisher: [Princeton] : Princeton University Press, [2019]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 100th Anniversary EditionView all editions and formats
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A handsome annotated edition of Einstein's celebrated book on relativityAfter completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Albert Einstein wrote Relativity. Intended for a popular audience, the book remains one of the most lucid explanations of the special and general theories ever written. This edition of Einstein's celebrated book features an authoritative English translation  Read more...
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Einstein, Albert.
Relativity : The Special and the General Theory - 100th Anniversary Edition.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Einstein; Hanoch Gutfreund; Jürgen Renn
ISBN: 0691193584 9780691193588
OCLC Number: 1078552621
Notes: The World of Four Dimensions (17 and Appendix 2)
Description: 1 online resource (317 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; CONTENTS; Einstein's Booklet: Relativity: The Special and the General Theory; PART I : The Special Theory of Relativity; 1. Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions; 2. The System of Co-ordinates; 3. Space and Time in Classical Mechanics; 4. The Galileian System of Co-ordinates; 5. The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense); 6. The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities Employed in Classical Mechanics; 7. The Apparent Incompatibility of the Law of Propagation of Light with the Principle of Relativity; 8. On the Idea of Time in Physics 9. The Relativity of Simultaneity10. On the Relativity of the Conception of Distance; 11. The Lorentz Transformation; 12. The Behaviour of Measuring-Rods and Clocks in Motion; 13. Theorem of the Addition of the Velocities. The Experiment of Fizeau; 14. The Heuristic Value of the Theory of Relativity; 15. General Results of the Theory; 16. Experience and the Special Theory of Relativity; 17. Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space; PART II: The General Theory of Relativity; 18. Special and General Principle of Relativity; 19. The Gravitational Field 20. The Equality of Inertial and Gravitational Mass as an Argument for the General Postulate of Relativity21. In What Respects Are the Foundations of Classical Mechanics and of the Special Theory of Relativity Unsatisfactory?; 22. A Few Inferences from the General Principle of Relativity; 23. Behaviour of Clocks and Measuring-Rods on a Rotating Body of Reference; 24. Euclidean and Non-Euclidean Continuum; 25. Gaussian Co-ordinates; 26. The Space-Time Continuum of the Special Theory of Relativity Considered as a Euclidean Continuum 27. The Space-Time Continuum of the General Theory of Relativity Is Not a Euclidean Continuum28. Exact Formulation of the General Principle of Relativity; 29. The Solution of the Problem of Gravitation on the Basis of the General Principle of Relativity; PART III: Considerations on the Universe as a Whole; 30. Cosmological Difficulties of Newton's Theory; 31. The Possibility of a "Finite" and Yet "Unbounded" Universe; 32. The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity; Appendixes; 1. Simple Derivation of the Lorentz Transformation (Supplementary to Section 11) (1918) 2. Minkowski's Four-Dimensional Space ("World") (Supplementary to Section 17) (1918)3. The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity (1920); 4. The Structure of Space According to the General Theory of Relativity (Supplementary to Section 32) (1946); 5. Relativity and the Problem of Space (1953); A Reading Companion: Thirteen Commentaries; Physics and Geometry (1-2); Mechanics and Space (3-6); Light Propagation and Time (7-9); Light Propagation and Space (10-12 and Appendix 1); Physics in Relativistic Space and Time (13-16)
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A handsome annotated edition of Einstein's celebrated book on relativityAfter completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Albert Einstein wrote Relativity. Intended for a popular audience, the book remains one of the most lucid explanations of the special and general theories ever written. This edition of Einstein's celebrated book features an authoritative English translation of the text along with commentaries by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn that examine the evolution of Einstein's thinking and cast his ideas in a modern context. Providing invaluable insight into one of the greatest scientific minds of all time, the book also includes a unique survey of the introductions from past editions, covers from selected early editions, a letter from Walther Rathenau to Einstein discussing the book, and a revealing sample from Einstein's original handwritten manuscript.

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