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Theory of Relativity: Centennial Edition: Two Papers published in 1905, On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies and Does the Inertia of a Body Depend on Its Energy-Content? Hardcover – 2005


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Arion Press; Limited edition (2005)
  • ASIN: B001B3OLDM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,019,449 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Howard Schneider on November 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Einstein, A., The Theory of Relativity, The American People's Encyclopedia, 1949, reprinted in Essays in Physics by the Philosophical Library Inc. 1950, and republished here. This short essay, intended for the layman, clearly explains the core concepts of relativity. However, to be truly appreciated by the general reader, a review of high school mechanics prior to reading will be most advantageous. Einstein shows how the theory of relativity arose because of a need to consider the real world, ie, "..the same light ray cannot move with respect to all inertial systems with the same velocity c...it turns out, however, that this contradiction is only an apparent one which is based essentially on the prejudice about the absolute character of time or rather of the simultaneity of distant events." It is interesting that after Einstein's short essays on relativity and the equivalence of mass and energy in the above book, his 1936 essay "Physics and Reality" follows.
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