The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1879-1902. (English translation supplement)

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Volume 1 presents important new material on the young Einstein. Over half the documents made available here were discovered by the editors, including a significant group of over fifty letters that Einstein exchanged with Mileva Maric, his fellow student and future wife. These letters, together with other previously unpublished documents, provide an entirely new view of Einstein's youth. The documents in the volume also foreshadow the emergence of his extraordinary creative power. In them is manifested his intense commitment to scientific work and his interest in certain themes that proved to be central to his thinking during the next decade. We can follow, for example, the beginnings of his preoccupation with the electrodynamics of moving bodies that was to lead to the development of this special theory of relativity. For the first time it can be seen how closely he followed such contemporary developments in physics as Planck's work on radiation theory and Drude's work on the electron theory of metals. In addition to all of Einstein's known correspondence and other writings from this period, the volume includes the relevant portions of all third-party letters and other contemporary documents that provide additional information about his secondary schooling at the Aargau Cantonal School; his four years at the Swiss Federal Plytechnical School, or the ETH; and his search for a job after graduation. Included in the volume are those sections of an unpublished biography by Einstein's sister, Maja Winteler-Einstein, which deal with his early years; his extensive notes on a physics course he took at the ETH; and previously unpublished photographs of the young Einstein and his teachers and friends.

Documents in Volume 1 portray Einstein's experiences during the two stressful years after his graduation from the ETH in Zurich. Denied a position as an Assistant at the ETH, he lived a hand-to-mouth existence while he looked for a post at other universities; then he attempted to find a secondary-school post, and finally sought a nonacademic job. Tension with his parents over his plans to marry Mileva Maric is evident throughout this period. With the help of a friend, he finally found work at the Swiss Patent Office, the haven where he would spend the next seven years. Freed from his financial worries, he entered on one of the most productive periods of his life, as the next volume, Writings (1901-1910), will document.

A monumental collection of all the documents, letters, and writings of Einstein--both scientific and personal.

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Though the collected papers of Albert Einstein will run to a projected thirty volumes, this is likely to be the volume most frequently consulted. It contains reprints of 62 papers published by Einstein between 1901 and 1909, together with a great deal of very helpful editorial material. For many readers the objectives and profundity of Einstein's research prior to 1905 will come as something of a surprise. The editorial and production work are (as one would expect in such a monumental project) absolutely first class. English translations of the papers (here reproduced in their original German) will be published separately, but minus editorial commentary. (NW) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691084756
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1987
  • Series: Collected Papers of Albert Einstein Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents


Publisher's Foreword xi
Preface xiii
"Albert Einstein--A Biographical Sketch" (Translated Excerpts) by Maja Winteler-Einstein xv
List of Texts
1. Birth Certificate, 15 March 1879 3
2. Pauline Einstein to Fanny Einstein, 1 August 1886 3
3. Comment on the Proof of a Theorem, 1891-1895 3
4. Two Philosophical Comments, 1891-1895 4
5. "On the Investigation of the State of the Ether in a Magnetic Field," Summer? 1895 4
6. To Caesar Koch, Summer 1895 6
7. Albin Herzog to Gustav Maier, 25 September 1895 7
8. Entrance Report of the Gewerbeschule, Aargau Kantonsschule, ca. 26 October 1895 7
9. Gustav Maier to Jost Winteler, 26 October 1895 8
10. Aargau Kantonsschule Record, 26 October 1895-3 October 1896 8
11. Hermann Einstein to Jost Winteler, 29 October 1895 10
12. Minutes of Teachers' Conference, Aargau Kantonsschule, 8 November 1895 10
13. Jost Winteler to Gustav Maier, 21 December 1895 10
14. Hermann Einstein to Jost Winteler, 30 December 1895 11
15. Pauline Einstein to the Winteler Family, 30 December 1895 11
16. Release from Württemberg Citizenship, 28 January 1896 11
17. Inspector's Report on a Music Examination, Aargau Kantonsschule, ca. 31 March 1896 12
18. To Marie Winteler, with a Postscript by Pauline Einstein, 21 April 1896 12
19. Final Grades, Aargau Kantonsschule, 5 September 1896 13
20. To the Department of Education, Canton of Aargau, 7 September 1896 14
21. Matura Examination (A) German: "Synopsis of Goethe's Goetz von Berlichingen," 18 September 1896 14
22. Matura Examination (B) French: "My Future Plans," 18 September 1896 15
23. Matura Examination (C) Geometry, 19 September 1896 16
24. Matura Examination (D) Physics: "Tangent Galvanometer and Galvanometer," 19 September 1896 18
25. Matura Examination (E) Natural History: "Evidence of the Earlier Glaciation of Our Country," 21 September 1896 20
26. Matura Examination (F) Algebra, 21 September 1896 21
27. Matura Examination (G) Chemistry, 21 September 1896 23
28. ETH Record and Grade Transcript, 5-10 October 1896-2 August 1900 25
29. From Marie Winteler, 4-25 November 1896 29
30. From Marie Winteler, 30 November 1896 30
31. Pauline Einstein to Marie Winteler, 13 December 1896 31
32. Pauline Einstein to Marie Winteler, 24 March 1897 31
33. Statement of a Fine, 23-28 April 1897 32
34. To Pauline Winteler, May? 1897 32
35. To Pauline Winteler, 7 June 1897 33
36. From Mileva Marić, after 20 October 1897 34
37. H. F. Weber's Lectures on Physics, ca. December 1897-ca. June 1898 36
38. To Maja Einstein, 1898 123
39. To Mileva Marić, 16 February 1898 123
40. To Mileva Marić, 16 April-8 November 1898 124
41. To Mileva Marić, after 16 April 1898 124
42. Jérôme Franel to Hermann Bleuler, 21 October 1898 125
43. To Mileva Marić, after 28 November 1898 125
44. To Maja Einstein, after February 1899 126
45. To Mileva Marić, 13 or 20 March 1899 126
46. To Rosa Winteler, 29 April 1899 127
47. To Rosa Winteler, 18 May 1899 127
48. To Julia Niggli, 28 July 1899 127
49. Verse in the Album of Anna Schmid, August 1899 128
50. To Mileva Marić, early August 1899 129
51. To Julia Niggli, 6? August 1899 129
52. To Mileva Marić, 10? August 1899 130
53. From Mileva Marić, after 10 August--before 10 September 1899 131
54. To Mileva Marić, 10 September 1899 132
55. To Julia Niggli, 11 September 1899 133
56. To Pauline Winteler, 11 September 1899 134
57. To Mileva Marić, 28? September 1899 135
58. To Mileva Marić, 10 October 1899 136
59. Municipal Certificate of Residence and Good Conduct, 18 October 1899 137
60. To the Swiss Federal Council, 19 October 1899 137
61. From Mileva Marić, 1900? 138
62. To the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, 28 February 1900 138
63. Mileva Marić to Helene Kaufler, 9 March 1900 138
64. Mileva Marić to Helene Kaufler, 4 June-23 July 1900 139
65. To the Zurich City Council, 26 June 1900 139
66. Municipal Police Detective's Report, 4 July 1900 140
67. Adolf Hurwitz to Hermann Bleuler, 27 July 1900 140
68. To Mileva Marić, 29? July 1900 141
69. To Mileva Marić, 1 August 1900 142
70. To Mileva Marić, 6 August 1900 143
71. To Mileva Marić, 9? August 1900 144
72. To Mileva Marić, 14? August 1900 145
73. To Mileva Marić, 20 August 1900 146
74. To Mileva Marić, 30 August or 6 September 1900 147
75. To Mileva Marić, 13? September 1900 149
76. To Mileva Marić, 19 September 1900 150
77. To Adolf Hurwitz, 30 September 1900 151
78. To Adolf Hurwitz, 26 September 1900 151
79. To Mileva Marić, 3 October 1900 152
80. Mileva Marić to Helene Kaufler, before 9 October 1900 153
81. To Helene Kaufler, 11 October 1900 153
82. Questionnaire for Municipal Citizenship Applicants, 11-26 October 1900 153
83. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, with a Postscript by Einstein, 11 December 1900 154
"Conclusions Drawn from the Phenomena of Capillarity," 13 December 1900 [title only] 155
84. Minutes of the Municipal Naturalization Commission of Zurich, 14 December 1900 155
85. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, 20 December 1900 155
86. To Helene Savić, 20 December 1900 156
87. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, with a Postscript by Einstein, 8 January-19 March 1901 157
88. Report of the Schweizerisches Informationsbureau, 30 January 1901 157
89. Dedication to Friedrich Mühlberg, ca. March 1901 158
90. To Otto Wiener, 9 March 1901 158
91. Military Service Book, 13 March 1901 158
92. To Wilhelm Ostwald, 19 March 1901 159
93. To Mileva Marić, 23 March 1901 159
94. To Mileva Marić, 27 March 1901 160
95. To Wilhelm Ostwald, 3 April 1901 162
96. To Mileva Marić, 4 April 1901 162
97. To Mileva Marić, 10 April 1901 163
98. To Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, 12 April 1901 164
99. Hermann Einstein to Wilhelm Ostwald, 13 April 1901 164
100. To Marcel Grossmann, 14 April 1901 165
101. To Mileva Marić, 15 April 1901 166
102. To Mileva Marić, 23 April 1901 167
103. From Mileva Marić, 2 May 1901 168
104. To Alfred Stern, 3 May 1901 168
105. From Mileva Marić, 3 May 1901 169
106. To Mileva Marić, 9 May 1901 170
107. To Mileva Marić, second half of May? 1901 171
108. From Mileva Marić, second half of May? 1901 172
109. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, second half of May? 1901 172
110. To Mileva Marić, second half of May? 1901 173
111. To Mileva Marić, 28? May 1901 174
112. To Mileva Marić, 4? June 1901 174
113. To the Director's Office, Technikum Burgdorf, 3 July 1901 175
114. To Mileva Marić, 7? July 1901 176
115. To Jost Winteler, 8 July 1901 176
116. From Mileva Marić, ca. 8 July 1901 177
117. To the Department of Education, Canton of Bern, 16 July 1901 178
118. From the Department of Internal Affairs, Canton of Bern, 16 July 1901 178
119. To Mileva Marić, 22? July 1901 178
120. From the Department of Internal Affairs, Canton of Bern, 31 July 1901 179
121. From Mileva Marić, 31? July 1901 179
122. To Marcel Grossmann, 67 September 1901 180
123. From Mileva Marić, early November 1901 181
124. From Mileva Marić, 13 November 1901 182
125. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, ca. 23 November--mid-December 1901 183
126. To Mileva Marić, 28 November 1901 184
127. To Mileva Marić, 12 December 1901 185
128. To Mileva Marić, 17 December 1901 186
129. To the Swiss Patent Office, 18 December 1901 188
130. To Mileva Marić, 19 December 1901 188
131. To Mileva Marić, 28 December 1901 189
132. Receipt for the Return of Doctoral Fees, 1 February 1902 190
133. To Conrad Habicht, 4 February 1902 190
134. To Mileva Marić, 4 February 1902 191
135. Advertisement for Private Lessons, 5 February 1902 192
136. To Mileva Marić, 8? February 1902 192
137. To Mileva Marić, 17? February 1902 193
138. Pauline Einstein to Pauline Winteler, 20 February 1902 193
"On the Thermodynamic Theory of the Difference in Potentials between Metals and Fully Dissociated Solutions of Their Salts and On an Electrical Method for Investigating Molecular Forces," April 1902 [title only] 194
139. To Conrad Habicht, April? 1902 194
"Kinetic Theory of Thermal Equilibrium and of the Second Law of Thermodynamics," June 1902 [title only] 194
140. The Swiss Department of Justice to the Swiss Federal Council, 2 June 1902 194
141. From the Swiss Department of Justice, 19 June 1902 195
142. From the Swiss Patent Office, 19 June 1902 196
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