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The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures

Jürgen Renn and Hanoch Gutfreund


First published in 1922 and based on lectures delivered in May 1921, Albert Einstein's The Meaning of Relativity offered an overview and explanation of the then new and controversial theory of relativity. The work would go on to become a monumental classic, printed in numerous editions and translations worldwide. Now, this book introduces Einstein's masterpiece to new audiences. The volume contains Einstein's insightful text, accompanied by important historical materials and commentary looking at the origins and development of general relativity. The book provides fresh, original perspectives, ... More

Keywords: theory of relativity, Albert Einstein, general relativity, physicists, astronomers, mathematicians, philosophers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691174631
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691174631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jürgen Renn, author
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Hanoch Gutfreund, author

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