Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Albert Einstein

Experience the brilliance of Albert Einstein’s groundbreaking theories in Relativity: The Special and the General Theory. First published in 1920, this timeless masterpiece continues to captivate readers with its unique blend of scientific insight and accessible language.

In celebration of the centennial of general relativity, the 100th anniversary edition of the book, translated by Robert W. Lawson and edited by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn, offers a fresh perspective with added historical context. Gain a deeper understanding as you explore Einstein’s path to his field equations and unlock the secrets of the universe.

Einstein’s descriptions of special relativity are both pleasurable and easy to read, making it an ideal resource for students. With gentle and intuitive derivations, the concepts of time dilation, length contraction, and the Lorentz transformations come to life. Even the more technical explanations in the appendix are easily understood by undergraduate physics students.

Delve into the world of general relativity and experience Einstein’s own words as he describes the intricacies of spacetime and curved space. Gain valuable insight into non-Euclidean geometry and develop a newfound intuition for the subject.

While the general relativity section may require some prior knowledge, it remains a captivating read for physicists and those with a keen interest in the field. Discover the gems hidden within the post-1917 editions, including Arthur Eddington’s measurement of the deflection of light by the Sun’s gravitational field and Einstein’s evolving understanding of the universe.

Embark on an intellectual journey with Relativity: The Special and the General Theory. Experience the enduring impact of Einstein’s theories and witness the survival of special and general relativity through rigorous scientific testing. With a compelling historical introduction by Gutfreund and Renn, this book is a must-read for physicists and curious minds alike. Uncover the mysteries of the universe and expand your knowledge today.