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The Road to RelativityThe History and Meaning of Einstein's "The Foundation of General Relativity", Featuring the Original Manuscript of Einstein's Masterpiece$
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Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691175812

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691175812.001.0001

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The Charm of a Manuscript

The Charm of a Manuscript

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The Road to Relativity

Hanoch Gutfreund

Jürgen Renn

Princeton University Press

This section discusses the story of how Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity evolved into a full-fledged theory. Einstein's manuscript, “The Foundation of General Relativity,” marks the conclusion of his intellectual odyssey toward his General Theory of Relativity. He submitted the manuscript for publication to Wilhelm Wien, the editor of Annalen der Physik, on March 19, 1916 and was published on May 11 of the same year. The general relativity manuscript is now part of the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In July 1923, Einstein asked Heinrich Loewe, a prominent member of “The Preparatory Board of the Hebrew University and the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem” to sell the manuscript. This section explains how the manuscript of “The Foundation of General Relativity” made its way to the Hebrew University.

Keywords:   manuscript, Albert Einstein, general theory of relativity, The Foundation of General Relativity, Wilhelm Wien, Annalen der Physik, Albert Einstein Archives, Hebrew University, Heinrich Loewe

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