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Overview

"It is particularly remarkable that a single physicist—Albert Einstein—has such extraordinarily deep perceptions of the workings of Nature that he laid foundation stones of . . .[the] twentieth-century revolutions [in physics] in the single year of 1905."—From the foreword by Roger Penrose, Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford

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Editorial Reviews

Physics World - Werner Israel
In these excellent new translations of Einstein's papers, the economy and freshness of Einstein's style come through with undiminished force. . . . To re-read these papers is to relive perhaps the most dramatic year in the history of physics.
American Journal of Physics - David C. Cassidy
Read this beautifully translated and edited collection and enjoy an encounter with one of the greatest minds at work and five of the greatest physics papers of [the twentieth] century.
Atlantic Monthly - Alan Lightman
I find myself thrilled by these papers. Why? Because through the original choice of words and arguments, through the simple but profound ideas and thought processes . . . I have been able to gaze into the mind of this great scientist in a way that no distillation or restatement or commentary would allow. In these papers one can see an enormously gifted human being grappling with the nature of the world.
Times Higher Education Supplement - David E. Rowe
Drawing heavily on his subject's autobiographical reflections about the relationship between thought and language in his struggles to understand deep physical problems, Stachel paints a not-unfamiliar picture of Einstein as a solitary genius whose driving ideas were entirely his own.
The Guardian - PD Smith
John Stachel devotes several pages to rebutting recent claims that Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, co-authored the 1905 papers. . . . [R]elativity and the quantum revolution sprang from the subtle gray matter of Einstein's brain alone.
Planetarian - Ryan Wyatt
Einstein's Miraculous Year provides a well-considered look back at the seminal ideas that eventually helped make Einstein a household name. . . . [I]t's never too late to take a closer look at the century-old work that revolutionized [physics].
The Guardian - P.D. Smith
John Stachel devotes several pages to rebutting recent claims that Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, co-authored the 1905 papers. . . . [R]elativity and the quantum revolution sprang from the subtle gray matter of Einstein's brain alone.
From the Publisher
"In these excellent new translations of Einstein's papers, the economy and freshness of Einstein's style come through with undiminished force. . . . To re-read these papers is to relive perhaps the most dramatic year in the history of physics."—Werner Israel, Physics World.

"Read this beautifully translated and edited collection and enjoy an encounter with one of the greatest minds at work and five of the greatest physics papers of [the twentieth] century."—David C. Cassidy, American Journal of Physics

"I find myself thrilled by these papers. Why? Because through the original choice of words and arguments, through the simple but profound ideas and thought processes . . . I have been able to gaze into the mind of this great scientist in a way that no distillation or restatement or commentary would allow. In these papers one can see an enormously gifted human being grappling with the nature of the world."—Alan Lightman, Atlantic Monthly

"Drawing heavily on his subject's autobiographical reflections about the relationship between thought and language in his struggles to understand deep physical problems, Stachel paints a not-unfamiliar picture of Einstein as a solitary genius whose driving ideas were entirely his own."—David E. Rowe, Times Higher Education Supplement

"John Stachel devotes several pages to rebutting recent claims that Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, co-authored the 1905 papers. . . . [R]elativity and the quantum revolution sprang from the subtle gray matter of Einstein's brain alone."—PD Smith, The Guardian

"Einstein's Miraculous Year provides a well-considered look back at the seminal ideas that eventually helped make Einstein a household name. . . . [I]t's never too late to take a closer look at the century-old work that revolutionized [physics]."—Ryan Wyatt, Planetarian

Physics World
In these excellent new translations of Einstein's papers, the economy and freshness of Einstein's style come through with undiminished force. . . . To re-read these papers is to relive perhaps the most dramatic year in the history of physics.
— Werner Israel
American Journal of Physics
Read this beautifully translated and edited collection and enjoy an encounter with one of the greatest minds at work and five of the greatest physics papers of [the twentieth] century.
— David C. Cassidy
Atlantic Monthly
I find myself thrilled by these papers. Why? Because through the original choice of words and arguments, through the simple but profound ideas and thought processes . . . I have been able to gaze into the mind of this great scientist in a way that no distillation or restatement or commentary would allow. In these papers one can see an enormously gifted human being grappling with the nature of the world.
— Alan Lightman
Times Higher Education Supplement
Drawing heavily on his subject's autobiographical reflections about the relationship between thought and language in his struggles to understand deep physical problems, Stachel paints a not-unfamiliar picture of Einstein as a solitary genius whose driving ideas were entirely his own.
— David E. Rowe
Planetarian
Einstein's Miraculous Year provides a well-considered look back at the seminal ideas that eventually helped make Einstein a household name. . . . [I]t's never too late to take a closer look at the century-old work that revolutionized [physics].
— Ryan Wyatt
The Guardian
John Stachel devotes several pages to rebutting recent claims that Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, co-authored the 1905 papers. . . . [R]elativity and the quantum revolution sprang from the subtle gray matter of Einstein's brain alone.
— PD Smith
Planetarian
Einstein's Miraculous Year provides a well-considered look back at the seminal ideas that eventually helped make Einstein a household name. . . . [I]t's never too late to take a closer look at the century-old work that revolutionized [physics].
— Ryan Wyatt
Meir Ronnen
Einstein's papers are replete with equations, some of them mathematical necessities, others a precis of logic. However, the lay reader unable to cope with this form of shorthand can try to follow the line of Einstein's thinking by reading the accompanying notes. Incidentally, here and there the translations slip back into the grammatical constructions of the original, or omit vital commas. But these have no effect on the effectiveness of this lovely book outlining Einstein's thought and contemporary reactions to it. It's a real treat.
The Jerusalem Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691122281
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 701,324
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Stachel is Professor of Physics Emeritus at Boston University, where he directs the Center for Einstein Studies. Roger Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and holds a regular visiting appointment at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is Francis R. Penz and Helen M. Penz Distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Publisher's Preface
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Einstein's Dissertation on the Determination of Molecular Dimensions 29
Paper 1 A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions 45
Pt. 2 Einstein on Brownian Motion 71
Paper 2 On the Motion of Small Particles Suspended in Liquids at Rest Required by the Molecular-Kinetic Theory of Heat 85
Pt. 3 Einstein on the Theory of Relativity 99
Paper 3 On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies 123
Paper 4 Does the Inertia of a Body Depend on Its Energy Content? 161
Pt. 4 Einstein's Early Work on the Quantum Hypothesis 165
Paper 5 On a Heuristic Point of View Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light 177
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