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Born in Germany during the imperial era in 1879, Albert Einstein died seventy-six years later in Princeton, New Jersey, one decade after the defeat of Nazi Germany and the dropping of the first atomic bombs on Japan.
While most available works on Einstein trace the origins and evolution of Einstein’s views and theories, Einstein and Our World, by award-winning science historian, educator, and Einstein scholar David C. Cassidy, provides a fascinating account of the impact of Einstein’s work and outlook upon contemporary culture and upon the scientific enterprise itself.
Following a brief, nontechnical explanation of the significance of Einstein’s achievements, Prof. Cassidy takes the reader on an intriguing journey through the uses and abuses of Einstein’s relativity theory in such widely diverse settings as political ideology, philosophy of science, literature, art, religion, and the individual in an age of dictatorship, genocide, and weapons of mass destruction. Cassidy explores how Einstein’s work spread throughout the physical sciences, leading to a new conception of the theoretical physicist as both physicist and cultural figure. While public fascination with Einstein’s achievements grew, his authority as an influential spokesman for human dignity, intellectual freedom, and world peace continued to the end of his life.
This new edition, besides updating and revising the content of the first edition, includes a number of important new topics that could not be included in the original edition: more on Einstein’s personal life in the light of recent revelations; a new section on Einstein and peace; and an assessment of Einstein’s continuing influence in the post-September 11 era.
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|Series Editors' Preface|
|1||The Einstein Age||1|
|2||Debut de Siecle||7|
|3||Technical Expert, Third Class||19|
|4||Impact on Physics: Relativity||35|
|5||Impact on Physics: The Quantum||48|
|6||Relativity Reaches the Public||60|