- Title Pages
2Einstein’s First Trip to America
3Structure and Contents of the Meaning of Relativity
1Physics and Geometry
2The Principles of General Relativity
3The First Solutions and the Challenge of Their Interpretation
4Einstein and the Astronomers
5The Genesis of Relativistic Cosmology
6The Controversy over Gravitational Waves
7Philosophical Debates on General Relativity
8The Quest for a Unified Field Theory
9Early Monographs on Relativity
10Beyond the Formative Years
- Space and Time in Pre-relativity Physics
- The Theory of Special Relativity
- The General Theory of Relativity
- The General Theory of Relativity (Continued)
AppendixFor the Second Edition
Appendix IIGeneralization of Gravitation Theory
Appendix IIRelativistic Theory of the Non-symmetric Field
- Biographical Notes
- (p.3) 1 Introduction
- The Formative Years of Relativity
- Princeton University Press
This introductory chapter provides a brief background into the development of Albert Einstein's special and general theories of relativity. As a characteristic stage in the development of the theory, the chapter focuses on the formative years which have, remarkably, received less attention from historians than subsequent periods. It argues that a “renaissance” of general relativity had begun essentially as the result of a community-building effort turning the theory into a universally applicable framework. This revival was followed by what has been called the “golden age” of relativity, which witnessed new conceptual insights, such as those into the nature of spacetime singularities, and turned the theory into the foundation of modern astrophysics and observational cosmology.
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