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Investigations on the Theory of the Brownian Movement (Dover Books on Physics) Paperback – June 1, 1956

ISBN-13: 978-0486603049 ISBN-10: 0486603040 Edition: F First American Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Books on Physics
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; F First American Edition edition (June 1, 1956)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486603040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486603049
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #755,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth S. Panza on November 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book contains the five classic Einstein papers on Brownian motion. The last paper is a simplified explanation of Brownian motion for chemists.

Investigations on the Theory of the Brownian Movement
A. Einstein, Annalen der Physik, 17, 1905, p549

On the Theory of the Brownian Movement
A. Einstein, Annalen der Physik, (4),19,1906, pp378-381

A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions
A. Einstein, Annalen der Physik, (4), 19, 1906, pp289-306

Theoretical Observations on the Brownian Motion
A. Einstein, Zeitschrift für Elektrochemie, 13, 1907, pp41-42

Elementary Theory of the Brownian Motion
A. Einstein, Zeitschrift für Elektrochemie, 14, 1908, pp235-239
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amar Singh on November 26, 2011
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Wonderful book. It is just awesome to see what the papers looked like back then and see these important publications all in one place.
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By b1y on November 16, 2011
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This was required reading for my Masters Thesis defense. Neat little book. I found that in spite of us having nanotechnology, that most of the current laws of thermodynamics are still applicable and not violated in spite of what some researchers may claim. This book helped prove and reinforce those findings.
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