1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity

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A full-size (10 x 15), slipcased edition of the complete handwritten facsimile manuscript of Einstein's Theory of Relativity.

This magnificent, large-scale volume presents in facsimile form one of the most revolutionary and influential scientific documents of the twentieth century: Albert Einstein's exposition of the theory of relativity. Each of the seventy-two handwritten pages is faithfully reproduced to actual size and accompanied by an English translation of the original German text. A tribute to Einstein's genius, Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity: A Facsimile opens with brief accounts of thoughts and reminiscences by Einstein's friends and colleagues. To introduce the facsimile, a detailed description of the manuscript, its contents, publication history and provenance are provided. The facsimile then follows, with an English translation facing each page. No effort was spared in achieving the highest fidelity possible in the reproduction of the manuscript pages. Subtle variations in paper and ink are clearly visible, indicating where and when Einstein drafted certain parts of the manuscript. Because it shows extensive reworking, it reveals Einstein's thought processes more than any other of his handwritten works. His frequent alterations also reflect his concern for style and his groping for the right expression. In these pages, if only for a fleeting moment, Einstein's towering genius seems a little more akin to us.

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An interesting specialty item: Braziller here offers a facsimile of Einstein's original, handwritten manuscript of his famous theory, which altered the state of physics and changed history. The book, which comes in a slipcase, measures roughly 10" x 15" and features a reproduction of Einstein's manuscript on the right-hand side with an English translation on the facing page. The volume also contains reminiscences by the scientist's colleagues, friends, and fans. Though expensive, this is beautifully done; more for wealthy academic libraries. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807615324
  • Publisher: Braziller, George Inc
  • Publication date: 5/17/2004
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 560,828
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 11.86 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Albert Einstein: Scientist, Humanist, Zionist--Hanoch Gutfreund
Thoughts and Reminiscences
In Einstein's Own Words
Chronology of the Life of Albert Einstein
Provenance and Description of Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity
Einstein's 1912 Manuscript on the Special Theory of Relativity--Facsimile and Translation
Bibliography and Notes
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