This richly annotated facsimile edition of "The Foundation of General Relativity" introduces a new generation of readers to Albert Einstein’s theory of gravitation. Written in 1915, this remarkable document is a watershed in the history of physics and an enduring testament to the elegance and precision of Einstein’s thought. Presented here is a beautiful facsimile of Einstein’s original handwritten manuscript, along with its English translation and insightful page-by-page commentary that places the text in historical and scientific context. Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn’s concise introduction traces Einstein’s intellectual odyssey from special to general relativity, and their essay "The Charm of a Manuscript" provides a delightful meditation on the varied afterlife of Einstein’s text.
Published on the centennial of Einstein’s general theory of relativity and featuring a foreword by John Stachel, this handsome edition also includes a biographical glossary of the figures discussed in the book, a comprehensive bibliography, suggestions for further reading, and numerous photos and illustrations throughout.
Hanoch Gutfreund is professor emeritus of theoretical physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is also the academic director of the Albert Einstein Archives. Jürgen Renn is a director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His books include The Genesis of General Relativity.
"Any devotee of Einstein will relish the chance to parse this annotated facsimile of the physicist's original manuscript on general relativity. . . . Their cogent descriptions and the accompanying illustrations and documents open a fascinating window onto Einstein's otherwise inaccessible opus."--Scientific American
"[Gutfreund and Renn] remind us of the charm a manuscript affords: rare glimpses into the working process of a great mind."--New Scientist
"The Road to Relativity by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn reproduces the 45 handwritten--and hand-corrected--pages of Einstein’s general theory, accompanied by extensive annotations on the science, its historical context and the implications for the future. The volume also includes a glossary of scientists and philosophers relevant to Einstein’s work and some entertainingly lively illustrations--such as one of Einstein pouring coffee on a moving train to demonstrate that motion is relative--by Laurent Taudin."--Nancy Szokan, Washington Post
"Gutfreund (a physicist) and Renn (a physics historian) dissect every page of the manuscript, explaining the meaning of each passage and describing Einstein’s thought processes leading up to it. . . . The Road to Relativity is accessible and engaging."--Tom Siegfried, Science News
"[A] wonderful book that combines a facsimile of Einstein’s original manuscript, an English translation and a rich annotation."--Bill Condie, Cosmos Magazine
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