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Einstein's Essays in Science

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In addition to conducting the research that culminated in his acclaimed theories of relativity, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) taught and lectured at universities around the world. Einstein received numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine, and philosophy, and he remains a towering symbol of intellectual and imaginative achievement.

It's All Relative
Around 1950, Hayward Cirker, Founder and President of Dover Publications, wrote to Einstein and asked his approval to proceed with a Dover paperback reprint of the 1923 collection of original papers on relativity by Einstein himself and others (H. A. Lorentz, H. Weyl, and H. Minkowski), which had originally been published in England. Einstein was reluctant, wondering how much interest there could possibly be in this relic of his work from 30 or more years earlier. Cirker persisted, and Einstein finally agreed — the Dover edition of The Theory of Relativity has been in print ever since and has been followed by many other Dover books on relativity.

The papers reprinted in this original collection will always be for the serious student the cornerstone of their Einstein library: Michelson's Interference Experiment (H. A. Lorentz); Electromagnetic Phenomena in a System Moving with any Velocity Less Than That of Light (H.A. Lorentz); On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies (A. Einstein); Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy Content? (A. Einstein); Space and Time (H. Minkowksi with notes by A. Sommerfeld); On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light (A. Einstein); and The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein) found on pages 109–164 of this text; Hamilton's Principle and The General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein); Cosmological Considerations on the General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein); Do Gravitational Fields Play an Essential Part in the Structure of the Elementary Particles of Matter? (A. Einstein); and Gravitation and Electricity (H. Weyl).

In the Author's Own Words:
"How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?"

"What nature demands from us is not a quantum theory or a wave theory; rather, nature demands from us a synthesis of these two views which thus far has exceeded the mental powers of physicists."

"Do not be troubled by your difficulties with Mathematics, I can assure you mine are much greater." — Albert Einstein

Critical Acclaim for The Theory of Relativity:
"This book constitutes an indispensable part of a library on relativity." — Nature


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (May 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486470113
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486470115
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,288,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Albert Einstein (1879-1955) was born in Germany and became an American citizen in 1940. A world-famous theoretical physicist, he was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics and is renowned for his Theory of Relativity. In addition to his scientific work, Einstein was an influential humanist who spoke widely about politics, ethics, and social causes. After leaving Europe, Einstein taught at Princeton University. His theories were instrumental in shaping the atomic age.

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Albert Einstein is one of the greatest physicists mankind has ever seen, and he is also one the modest persons that ever lived. The papers and speeches published for the first time in this short volume is comprehensible to few people who are familiar with his work. They deal in part with laws of classical of physics, physical reality, concept of luminiferous ether, and evolution of relativistic & quantum physics. Most essays in this book are brief and summary of his philosophical ideas. Hence readers not familiar with basic laws of physics could be distracted by its conciseness, and inadequate translation from German to English. Nevertheless the wisdom of this genius may be understood though his thoughts.

There are 16 essays in this short book, which include an address on the occasion of Max Planck's 60th birthday at the physical society in Berlin, Inaugural address to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in 1914; James Clerk Maxwell's influence in the understanding physical reality, Beer's law, Flettner Ship, Johannes Kepler, Niels Bohr, and an address at the Columbia University, New York.

One of the interesting pieces I found in this book was the view of this genius on luminous ether. "According to the general theory of relativity space is endowed with physical qualities; in this sense, therefore the ether exists. In accordance with general theory of relativity space without ether is inconceivable." He goes on to state that the "ether must not be thought of as endowed with the properties characteristics of ponderable media ..." Other interesting ideas include how physicists helped to understand physical reality, and the historical development of special theory of relativity.
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I am in the middle of this book now, not finish to read yet. However, it is really good book to image what he thought. I like it.
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