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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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Einstein’s Intellectual Odyssey to General Relativity

Einstein’s Intellectual Odyssey to General Relativity

(p.7) Einstein’s Intellectual Odyssey to General Relativity
The Road to Relativity

Hanoch Gutfreund

Jürgen Renn

Princeton University Press

This section discusses the development of Albert Einstein's ideas and attitudes as he struggled for eight years to come up with a general theory of relativity that would meet the physical and mathematical requirements laid down at the outset. It first considers Einstein's work on gravitation in Prague before analyzing three documents that played a significant role in his search for a theory of general relativity: the Zurich Notebook, the Einstein–Grossmann Entwurf paper, and the Einstein–Besso manuscript. It then looks at Einstein's completion of his general theory of relativity in Berlin in November 1915, along with his development of a new theory of gravitation within the framework of the special theory of relativity. It also examines the formulation of the basic idea that Einstein termed the “equivalence principle,” his Entwurf theory vs. David Hilbert's theory, and the 1916 manuscript of Einstein's work on the general theory of relativity.

Keywords:   theory of gravitation, Albert Einstein, Zurich Notebook, Einstein–Grossmann Entwurf paper, Einstein–Besso manuscript, general theory of relativity, special theory of relativity, equivalence principle, Entwurf theory, David Hilbert

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