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An Einstein Encyclopedia
Alice Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, & Robert Schulmann

One of Symmetry magazine’s Physics Books of 2015

Hardcover | 2015 | $39.95 | £32.95 | ISBN: 9780691141749
376 pp. | 7 x 10 | 41 halftones. 2 line illus. 2 maps.
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This is the single most complete guide to Albert Einstein's life and work for students, researchers, and browsers alike. Written by three leading Einstein scholars who draw on their combined wealth of expertise gained during their work on the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, this authoritative and accessible reference features more than one hundred entries and is divided into three parts covering the personal, scientific, and public spheres of Einstein’s life.

An Einstein Encyclopedia contains entries on Einstein’s birth and death, family and romantic relationships, honors and awards, educational institutions where he studied and worked, citizenships and immigration to America, hobbies and travels, plus the people he befriended and the history of his archives and the Einstein Papers Project. Entries on Einstein’s scientific theories provide useful background and context, along with details about his assistants, collaborators, and rivals, as well as physics concepts related to his work. Coverage of Einstein’s role in public life includes entries on his Jewish identity, humanitarian and civil rights involvements, political and educational philosophies, religion, and more.

Commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the theory of general relativity, An Einstein Encyclopedia also includes a chronology of Einstein’s life and appendixes that provide information for further reading and research, including an annotated list of a selection of Einstein’s publications and a review of selected books about Einstein.

  • More than 100 entries cover the rich details of Einstein’s personal, professional, and public life
  • Authoritative entries explain Einstein’s family relationships, scientific achievements, political activities, religious views, and more
  • More than 40 illustrations include photos of Einstein and his circle plus archival materials
  • A chronology of Einstein’s life, appendixes, and suggestions for further reading provide essential details for further research

Alice Calaprice is a renowned authority on Albert Einstein and the author of several popular books on Einstein, including The Ultimate Quotable Einstein (Princeton). Daniel Kennefick is associate professor of physics at the University of Arkansas, an editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, and the author of Traveling at the Speed of Thought: Einstein and the Quest for Gravitational Waves (Princeton). Robert Schulmann was a longtime director of the Einstein Papers Project and editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. He is the coeditor of Einstein on Politics and Albert Einstein, Mileva Marić: The Love Letters (both Princeton).


"This is the most comprehensive book on Einstein published to coincide with the centenary of his general theory of relativity. Coauthored by Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, and Robert Schulman, three leading Einstein scholars, it covers the Nobel Prize winner's life (1879--1955) and work in detail, with entries on his influence on science and society. Photographs and illustrations--cartoons of the great inventor, for example, and scientific diagrams--enhance the presentation, which further offers meticulous documentation and carefully chronicles Einstein's academic output."--Henrietta Verma, Library Journal

"An Einstein Encyclopedia is an invaluable companion to the serious Einstein researcher. A comprehensive collection of the theories, concepts, friends, collaborators and romantic interests in Einstein's life."--Bill Condie, Cosmos Magazine

"[An Einstein Encyclopedia] is full of fascinating information about Einstein. . . . This is an extremely well-organized and user-friendly reference title, thoroughly researched and accessible to the general public, students, and scholars alike."--Lyndsie Robinson, Booklist

"What causes me to recommend this book so highly is that in one single volume, the authors have compiled an enormous amount of diverse yet detailed information about the life of Einstein and his accomplishments and contributions to the world in which we live in now. They make the material relevant as well as accurate, and anyone wanting to dip into any single facet of this man's life can find something to quench their curiosity."--David Brock, NTSA Recommends (National Science Teachers Association)

"Three Einstein scholars cover in exquisite detail the scientific, public and private lives of Einstein. . . . The accessibility and detail make An Einstein Encyclopedia an important entry in any Einstein collection."--Mike Perricone, Symmetry Magazine


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