Einstein, Albert

Relativity: The Special & The General Theory

  • First English language edition, first impression of Einstein's first popular treatment of relativity. Einstein's general theory of relativity, "one of history's most imaginative and dramatic revisions of our concepts about the universe" was completed in a frenzy of work at the end of 1915 (Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe, p. 223). The following year he published (in German only) Relativity: The Special & the General Theory, an account intended to be accessible to the general public, and which he tested by reading drafts to his step-daughter Margot, "pausing frequently to ask whether she indeed got it" (Isaacson, p. 232). Einstein took the opportunity to publish the present English language edition when interest in general relativity exploded after the theory was confirmed experimentally by Arthur Eddington's eclipse observations in 1919. This edition includes an important new appendix on Eddington's work, "The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity", that was not present in any previous edition. The book, "filled with many thought experiments that could be easily visualised", became a best-seller, and is still in print today.
  • A Popular Exposition. Authorised Translation by Robert W. Lawson. With Five Diagrams and a Portrait of the Author. London: Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1920. Octavo. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt and to upper board in blind. Portrait frontispiece, diagrams and equations within the text. Publisher's eight-page ads at rear. Ownership signature to front free endpaper. Spine faded, spine titles dulled, a little rubbed at extremities, some light spotting to contents. A very good copy. Bibliography: Weil 90a.

Collections: Chemistry & Physics, Popular Science

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