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Relativity

The Special and General Theory

Relativity( )
Author: Einstein, Albert
Introduction by: Penrose, Roger
Penrose, Roger
Commentaries by: Geroch, Robert
Translator: Lawson, Robert W.
Contribution by: Cassidy, David C.
ISBN:978-0-452-28784-6
Publication Date:Aug 2006
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint:Plume
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $11.00
Book Description:

Albert Einstein’s classic guide to the theory of relativity—with insights from today’s leading experts This new edition of Relativity—the first updated version in over fifty years—includes a wealth of original material written by some of today’s foremost scientific authorities. Bestselling author and physicist Roger Penrose puts Einstein’s work in historical context and details major developments in relativity theory over subsequent years. Relativity expert Robert Geroch provides...
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Book Details
Pages:288
Detailed Subjects: Science / Physics / Relativity
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.04 x 7.76 x 0.64 Inches
Book Weight:0.49 Pounds
Author Biography
Einstein, Albert (Author)
Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879 in Ulm. He spent his childhood in Munich where his family owned a small machine shop. By the age of twelve, Einstein had taught himself Euclidean Geometry. His family moved to Milan, where he stayed for a year, and he used it as an excuse to drop out of school, which bored him. He finished secondary school in Aarau, Switzerland and entered the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Einstein graduated in 1900, by studying the notes of a classmate since he did not attend his classes out of boredom, again. His teachers did not like him and would not recomend him for a position in the University. For two years, Einstein worked as a substitute teacher and a tutor before getting a job, in 1902, as an examiner for a Swiss patent office in Bern. In 1905, he received his doctorate from the University of Zurich for a theoretical dissertation on the dimension of molecules.

Einstein also published three theoretical papers of central importance to the development of 20th Century physics. The first was entitled "Brownian Motion," and the second "Photoelectric Effort," which was a revolutionary way of thinking and contradicted tradition. No one accepted the proposals of the first two papers. Then the third one was published in 1905 and called "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies." Einstein's words became what is known today as the special theory of relativity and said that the physical laws are the same in all inertial reference systems and that the speed of light in a vacuum is a universal constant. Virtually no one understood or supported Einstein's argument.

Einstein left the patent office in 1907 and received his first academic appointment at the University of Zurich in 1909. In 1911, he moved to a German speaking university in Prague, but returned to Swiss National Polytechnic in Zurich in 1912. By 1914, Einstein was appointed director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Physics in Berlin. Hi



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