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The Formative Years of RelativityThe History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures$
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Jürgen Renn and Hanoch Gutfreund

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174631

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174631.001.0001

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Structure and Contents of the Meaning of Relativity

Structure and Contents of the Meaning of Relativity

(p.17) 3 Structure and Contents of the Meaning of Relativity
The Formative Years of Relativity

Hanoch Gutfreund

Jürgen Renn

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the structure and content of Einstein's text, The Meaning of Relativity. It shows the flow of ideas in the order of their presentation and emphasizes the new ways of their formulation, as influenced by Einstein's interaction with his colleagues and by his own rethinking of some of the basic concepts. As in the case of his RelativityThe Special and the General Theory, where throughout the years Einstein added new appendixes to later editions of the book, he also used The Meaning of Relativity as a platform to publish over the course of time, up until the end of his life, his reflections on the major issues on the agenda of debates and efforts during the formative years of general relativity.

Keywords:   The Meaning of Relativity, formative years, general relativity, relativity lectures, physics, special relativity, Albert Einstein

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