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Relativity: The Special and General Theory

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The General Theory of 1916 focuses on gravity, not as a force as Newton postulated, but as a curved field in the space-time continuum, created by presence of mass.

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Einstein was first idolized by the popular press when British eclipse expeditions in 1919 confirmed his predictions on the bending of light rays near the sun. The London Times ran the headline on 7 November 1919: Revolution in science - New theory of the Universe - Newtonian ideas overthrown, and three weeks later printed Einstein's popular exposition on relativity. The exposition became a classic, and Einstein became an overnight sensation, the world's first and greatest scientific superstar.

Two years later he received the Nobel Prize for his 1905 work on the photoelectric effect. By then Einstein was internationally known, and when he was offered a post in Princeton in 1932 he moved to the United States, never to return to Germany. His late career was marked by unsuccessful attempts to unify the laws of physics, and by a strong distaste for the fashionable so-called "Copenhagen interpretation" of quantum mechanics. A week before his death, Einstein signed his last letter, written to Bertrand Russell, in which he agreed that his name should go on a manifesto urging all nations to give up nuclear weapons.

"He was unfathomably profound - the genius among geniuses who discovered, merely by thinking about it, that the universe was not as it seemed."      ~Time

"The present book is intended," Einstein wrote in 1916, "as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.... In the interest of clearness, it appeared to me inevitable that I should repeat myself frequently, without paying the slightest attention to the elegance of the presentation. I adhered scrupulously to the precept of that brilliant theoretical physicist L. Boltzmann, according to whom matters of elegance ought to be left to the tailor and to the cobbler."

Author Einstein, Albert
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 188 pp.
Publisher Three Rivers Press 1961
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