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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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Introductory Remarks

Introductory Remarks

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The Formative Years of Relativity

Hanoch Gutfreund

Jürgen Renn

Princeton University Press

This chapter offers an introductory commentary into Einstein's first two lectures. Given in Princeton on May 9 and 10, 1921, under the title “Generalities on the Theory of Relativity (Without Using Mathematical Symbols),” the lectures were attended by a large, nonprofessional audience that almost filled the lecture hall. The lectures were delivered in German and a German stenographer took shorthand notes, and they are presented in the next chapter in English for the first time. The chapter briefly discusses the context behind these lectures as well as the contemporary news media reports on both Einstein and the subject of his lectures. It also presents some notes on the changes and translations made to the text in the succeeding chapter.

Keywords:   Albert Einstein, relativity lectures, translations, edits, mathematics, German

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