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Albert Einstein: Historical and Cultural Perspectives

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One of the 20th century's most profound thinkers not only transformed the direction of scientific endeavor but also influenced other fields such as psychology, linguistics, and ethics. This volume comprises 23 papers delivered at a 1979 symposium and includes examinations of Einstein's impact on scholarship, culture, and more.

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Overview

One of the 20th century's most profound thinkers not only transformed the direction of scientific endeavor but also influenced other fields such as psychology, linguistics, and ethics. This volume comprises 23 papers delivered at a 1979 symposium and includes examinations of Einstein's impact on scholarship, culture, and more.

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The range of Einstein's interests<-->from psychology to linguistics to ethics<-->is reflected in these 23 papers, which were delivered at the Jerusalem Einstein Centennial Symposium, held in March 1979. The articulated sequence of chapters offers historical perspectives on Einstein's scientific contributions, the reception of his ideas, Einstein's impact on scholarship and 20th-century culture, and personal reminiscences by friends and associates. Contributors include P.A.M. Dirac, Banesh Hoffman, Erik H. Erikson, and Max Jammer. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486298795
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/16/2012
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

GERALD HOLTON
  Introduction: Einstein and the Shaping of Our Imagination
HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON EINSTEIN'S SCIENTIFIC CONTRIBUTIONS
  ARTHUR I. MILLER
    The Special Relativity Theory: Einstein's Response to the Physics of 1905
  PETER G. BERGMANN
    The Quest for Unity: General Relativity and Unitary Field Theories
  MARTIN J. KLEIN
    Fluctuations and Statistical Physics in Einstein's Early Work
  MAX JAMMER
    Einstein and Quantum Physics
RECEPTION OF EINSTEIN'S SCIENTIFIC IDEAS
  P. A. M. DIRAC
    The Early Years of Relativity
  BANESH HOFFMAN
    Some Einstein Anomalies
  LOREN R. GRAHAM
    The Reception of Einstein's Ideas: Two Examples from Contrasting Political Cultures
EINSTEIN'S IMPACT ON SCHOLARSHIP AND TWENTIETH-CENTURY CULTURE
  ROMAN JAKOBSON
    Einstein and the Science of Language
  ERIK H. ERIKSON
    Psychoanalytic Reflections on Einstein's Centenary
  NATHAN ROTENSTREICH
    Relativity and Relativism
  YEHUDA ELKANA
    Einstein and the Light of Reason
EINSTEIN AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE JEWISH WORLD
  ISAIAH BERLIN
    Einstein and Israel
  YITZHAK NAVON
    On Einstein and the Presidency of Israel
  URIEL TAL
    Jewish and Universal Social Ethics in the Life and Thought of Albert Einstein
  FRITZ STERN
    Einstein's Germany
EINSTEIN AND THE NUCLEAR AGE
  PAUL DOTY
    Einstein and International Security
  BERNARD T. FELD
    Einstein and the Politics of Nuclear Weapons
WORKING WITH EINSTEIN: REMINISCENCES BY ASSOCIATES AND FRIENDS
  PETER G. BERGMANN
    Reminiscences
  BANESH HOFFMAN
    Reminiscences
  NATHAN ROTENSTREICH
    Reminiscences
  BORIS SCHWARTZ
    Musical and Personal Reminiscences of Albert Einstein
  ERNST G. STRAUS
    Reminiscences
Index of Names
Subject Index
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