Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity

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According to the terms of Albert Einstein's will, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the last depository of his personal papers and holds the copyright to his literary estate. Today this unique collection forms the Albert Einstein Archives, the world's foremost such resource. Its goal is to preserve, restore and expand its holdings, enhance accessibility to the material, administer Einstein's literary estate, and increase the public awareness of the scientific achievements, political activities, and the moral ...

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Overview

According to the terms of Albert Einstein's will, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the last depository of his personal papers and holds the copyright to his literary estate. Today this unique collection forms the Albert Einstein Archives, the world's foremost such resource. Its goal is to preserve, restore and expand its holdings, enhance accessibility to the material, administer Einstein's literary estate, and increase the public awareness of the scientific achievements, political activities, and the moral and humane values of Albert Einstein.

Albert Einstein's universal appeal is only partially explained by his brilliant work in physics, as Andrew Robinson demonstrates in this authoritative, accessible, illustrated biography. The main narrative is augmented by eleven essays by well-known scientists and scholars, including three Nobel Laureates. The book presents clearly the beautiful simplicity at the heart of Einstein's greatest discoveries, and explains how his ideas have continued to influence scientific developments such as the theory of the big bang, lasers and “theories of everything.” Einstein's life and activities outside of science are also considered, including his encounters with famous contemporaries such as Chaplin, Roosevelt and Tagore, his love of music, and his troubled family life. It recognizes that his striking originality was expressed in many ways, from his political and humanitarian campaigns against nuclear weapons, anti-Semitism, McCarthyism and social injustices, to his unconventional personal appearance.

Published in association with the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and draws upon this exceptional resource of Einstein's private papers and personal photographs.

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In 2005, the world marked the centenary of Albert Einstein's "annus mirabilis," the "great year" in which the German physicist's published five groundbreaking papers, including the Special Theory of Relativity and the e=mc2 equation. It is difficult to overstate the far-reaching significance of these scientific breakthroughs. "We are a different race of people than we were a century ago," observed one astrophysicist, "utterly and completely different, because of Einstein."In this authoritative, profusely illustrated study, 11 distinguished contributors pay tribute to this defining achievement of the 20th century. The essayists include Freeman Dyson, Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Hawking, Philip Glass, and Nobel laureates Philip Anderson and Joseph Rotblat.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435124080
  • Publisher: Metro Books
  • Publication date: 6/30/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Robinson is a King's Scholar of Eton College. He holds degrees from Oxford University (in science) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. He was literary editor of The Times
Higher Education Supplement
in London from 1994-2006, and is currently a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is the author of some 20 books, written for both general and academic readers, covering three main areas: science and the history of science; archaeology and scripts; and modern Indian culture. They include: The Shape of the World, Earthshock, The Story of Measurement, The Story of Writing, Lost Languages, and biographies of Michael Ventris (The Man Who Deciphered Linear B), Thomas Young (The Last Man Who Knew Everything), Satyajit Ray (The Inner Eye) and Rabindranath Tagore (The Myriad-Minded Man).

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Table of Contents

Preface 8
Pt. 1 The physicist
1 The world of physics before Einstein 12
Autobiographical notes 26
2 The making of a physicist 32
A brief history of relativity 42
3 The miraculous year, 1905 52
4 General relativity 66
Varying c : vodka without alcohol? 78
5 Arguing about quantum theory 82
6 The search for a theory of everything 95
Einstein's search for unification 102
7 Physics since Einstein 109
Einstein's scientific legacy 122
Pt. 2 The man
8 The most famous man in the world 130
9 Personal and family life 140
Einstein's love letters 150
Einstein and music 153
10 Germany, war and pacifism 156
11 America 166
12 Zionism, the Holocaust and Israel 176
Einstein on religion, Judaism and Zionism 185
13 Nuclear saint and demon 191
Einstein's quest for global peace 202
14 The end of an era 207
Einstein's last interview 212
15 Einstein's enduring magic 226
Einstein : twentieth-century icon 235
Chronology of Einstein's life 240
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