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In 1921, five years after the appearance of his comprehensive paper on general relativity and twelve years before he left Europe permanently to join the Institute for Advanced Study, Albert Einstein visited Princeton University, where he delivered the Stafford Little Lectures for that year. These four lectures constituted an overview of his then controversial theory of relativity. Princeton University Press made the lectures available under the title The Meaning of Relativity, the first book by Einstein to be produced by an American publisher. As subsequent editions were brought out by the Press, Einstein included new material amplifying the theory. A revised version of the appendix "Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field," added to the posthumous edition of 1956, was Einstein's last scientific paper.
This book is draw from actual published lectures given by the Father of Relativity on the nature and implications of his theory.
Einstein remained in the public eye not only because of his scientific ideas, but because of his outspoken moral and political views. An ardent pacifist until his death in 1955, he spoke on an array of social topics, including the need for nuclear disarmament. This book is a compilation of his Stafford Lectures at Princeton University in 1921 and an overview of the theory of relativity. In its present form, it includes the original lectures, plus all new or revised material from the four previous editions. An essential encapsulation of the most radical picture of reality of our time, it is Albert Einstein's last scientific paper and a legacy of enormous significance.
Introduction by Brian Greene vii
A Note on the Fifth Edition xxv
SPACE AND TIME IN PRE-RELATIVITY PHYSICS 1
THE THEORY OF SPECIAL RELATIVITY 24
THE GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY 55
THE GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY (CONTINUED) 79
APPENDIX FOR THE SECOND EDITION 109
APPENDIX II. RELATIVISTIC THEORY OF THE
NON-SYMMETRIC FIELD 133