Relativity: The Special and General Theory

Relativity: The Special and General Theory

by Albert Einstein
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Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein

Redesigned inside and out to have a fresh, appealing look, this new edition of a classic Crown Trade Paperback is a collection of Einstein's own popular writings on his work and describes the meaning of his main theories in a way virtually everyone can understand.

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ISBN-13: 9781572154698
Publisher: Signature Press
Publication date: 07/15/2007
Pages: 106
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ALBERT EINSTEIN was born in Ulm, Germany, on March 14, 1879. An indifferent student, Einstein gave little hint of the great scientist he would become: he found school merely monotonous; indeed, one of his teachers at the Polytechnic Institute of Zurich, Switzerland, where Einstein enrolled in 1896, later described him as "a lazy fellow, [who] never cared for mathematics."

Following graduation in 1900, Einstein worked for two years as a private teacher before being hired by the Swiss Patent Office at Bern. In 1903 Einstein married Mileva Maric, who had also been a student at the Polytechnic. Following the birth of two sons, the couple divorced in 1919.

The undemanding job at the Patent Office left Einstein time to give birth to those burgeoning ideas that would change physics forever. In 1905 he published the first of his revolutionary papers on relativity (the second  would  follow  a decade later), as well as groundbreaking papers on Brownian motion and the photo­-electric effect. Yet, despite this prodigious output, Einstein could not leave the  Patent  Office  until 1909, when  he was  offered an associate professorship at the University of Zurich. From Zurich Einstein went to spend a year at the German University  of Prague, and two years  at  the Zurich Polytechnic. In  1914 he moved to Berlin, where he became professor and later director at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of  Physics. Einstein continued to work unstintingly on quantum mechanics (publishing two great papers in 1924-25) and a unified field theory.

In the 1920s, Einstein, witnessing the growing anti-Semitism around him, began to espouse Zionism. In 1933, while Einstein was visiting the United States with his second wife, Elsa, Adolf Hitler ascended to power. Effectively barred from Germany because he was a Jew, Einstein accepted a professorship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and became a naturalized American citizen in 1940. From his home in Princeton, Einstein used his fame and influence to rescue colleagues still trapped in Germany.

Fearful that the Nazis would develop an atomic bomb, Einstein wrote to President Franklin Delano  Roosevelt in 1939 in order to encourage him to begin the United States on a program of uranium research. After World War II, however, Einstein would work  for nuclear  disarmament. In 1952, in  recognition of his devotion to the causes of peace and  Zionism, Einstein was offered, but refused, the presidency of Israel. He died in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 18, 1955, after a long illness.

Albert Einstein published works of interest to the layperson: The Nature of Relativity (1923), Builders of the Universe (1932), Why War? (with Sigmund  Freud) (1933),  The World  As  I See It (1934), and Out of My Later Years (1950).

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Six years of college physics courses never made relativity intuitively understandable for me. Academic texts concentrate on mathematical descriptions, manipulations and proofs to present theories. Einstein, in simple text, leads us through his very logical and understandable thought process, which led him to the relativity theories. I could manipulate the mathematics of relativity and come up with answers but never really had an intuitive feel for what really is going on till I read this book. I only wish I had read this first before plowing through graduate physics courses. The only other book I have ever read that was more enlightening was the Bible.
Baildog More than 1 year ago
While this is obviously an excellent book that everyone should have to read at some point in their life, this version suffers---as others have warned---from a glitch that fails to print the majority of the equations. DO NOT BUY THIS VERSION, find a complete version somewhere else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would have probably been a good read, but the equations are all missing. Everywhere you expect to see an equation, is a tag that says: eq. 'n': file eq'n'.gif
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pants on porpoises res one and for part two go to ghj res one
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The book really helped me with my project. It gave me so many details.
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Understand anything.
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Text conversion fail. Spend enough time translating to lose the author... not good for this kind of book.
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