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Friday, July 17, 2015

Books Mark 100th Anniversary of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

"Marking the centenary of this remarkable achievement, Princeton University Press announced the publication of two new books." according to Jspace Staff.

On November 25, 1915, Albert Einstein submitted his final version of the general theory of relativity to the Prussian Royal Academy. Einstein’s revolutionary explanation of how gravity works had far-reaching consequences.

Not only does the theory accurately explain the motion of the planets; it also describes the history and expansion of the universe, the physics of black holes, and the bending of light from distant stars and galaxies. Over the years, the radical ideas that a 35-year-old Einstein proposed 100 years ago have been confirmed by many observations and experiments.

Marking the centenary of this remarkable achievement, Princeton University Press today announced the publication of two new books: THE ROAD TO RELATIVITY:The History and Meaning of Einstein’s “The Foundation of General Relativity;”and RELATIVITY: The Special and General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition.

The co-authors are renowned experts in the field. Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund is professor emeritus of theoretical physics and a former president of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he currently serves as the academic director of the university’s Albert Einstein Archives. Prof. Jürgen Renn, whose books include The Genesis of General Relativity, is director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

In THE ROAD TO RELATIVITY: The History and Meaning of Einstein’s “The Foundation of General Relativity,” Profs. Gutfreund and Renn provide an English translation of Einstein’s paper, accompanied by insightful page-by-page commentary that places the text in historical and scientific context. Gutfreund and Renn’s concise introduction traces Einstein’s journey from special to general relativity, and their essay “The Charm of a Manuscript” provides a delightful meditation on the varied afterlife of Einstein’s text.

Featuring an enthralling foreword by John Stachel, THE ROAD TO RELATIVITY is a handsome edition that also includes a biographical glossary, describing the intellectuals that influenced or were influenced by Einstein and his work; a comprehensive bibliography; suggestions for further reading; and numerous photos and illustrations throughout...

In December of 2014, the Hebrew University, in partnership with Princeton University Press and the California Institute of Technology, announced the launch of the Digital Einstein Papers. The Hebrew University and Princeton University Press have spent decades studying an estimated 80,000 Einstein documents. Now anyone with an Internet connection can access transcripts of thousands of Einstein’s letters, papers, postcards and diaries at the Digital Einstein Papers, at
The Digital Einstein Papers contain text transcripts that link to many high-quality digital images at the Hebrew University’s Einstein Archive Online, at Launched in March 2012 by the university’s Albert Einstein Archives (, and sponsored by the UK Polonsky Foundation, the Einstein Archive Online presents a complete catalog of more than 80,000 Einstein-related documents in the university’s possession, along with many high-quality digital images (

Source: Jspace News