The Meaning of Relativity, Fifth Edition: Including the Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field

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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 ...
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Overview

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.

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Physics Today
A condensed unified presentation intended for one who has already gone through a standard text and digested the mechanics of tensor theory and the physical basis of relativity. Einstein's little book then serves as an excellent tying-together of loose ends and as a broad survey of the subject.
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"A condensed unified presentation intended for one who has already gone through a standard text and digested the mechanics of tensor theory and the physical basis of relativity. Einstein's little book then serves as an excellent tying-together of loose ends and as a broad survey of the subject."—
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In the early years of this century, a young physicist named Albert Einstein began formulating his theories of relativity. From the beginning, this revolutionary work attracted attention; but in 1919, scientists conducting experiments on the effect of the sun's gravity found that their results conclusively proved Einstein's predictions. In one fell swoop, the standing model of reality for over 200 years was overthrown...and a new media star was born.

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691023526
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1966
  • Series: Princeton Science Library Series
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Greene is Professor of Physics and of Mathematics at Columbia University. He is the author of the best-selling "The Elegant Universe" and, most recently, "The Fabric of the Cosmos".
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Table of Contents

Introduction
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
App Relativistic theory of the non-symmetric field 133
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