- 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.363) 1 Introductory Remarks
- The Formative Years of Relativity
- 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.
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