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The Road to Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's "The Foundation of General Relativity", Featuring the Original Manuscript of Einstein's Masterpiece

Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn


This richly annotated facsimile edition of “The Foundation of General Relativity” introduces a new generation of readers to Albert Einstein's theory of gravitation. Written in 1915, this remarkable document is a watershed in the history of physics and an enduring testament to the elegance and precision of Einstein's thought. Presented here is a beautiful facsimile of Einstein's original handwritten manuscript, along with its English translation and an insightful page-by-page commentary that places the work in historical and scientific context. The concise introduction traces Einstein's intelle ... More

Keywords: theory of gravitation, Albert Einstein, special relativity, general theory of relativity, physics, manuscript, The Foundation of General Relativity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691175812
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691175812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hanoch Gutfreund, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jürgen Renn, author