Since 1922, Princeton University Press has been honored to publish the work of Albert Einstein (1879–1955). That year, the Press published Einstein’s The Meaning of Relativity, becoming the first US publisher to produce a book by the the most important scientist of the twentieth century. Based on lectures Einstein delivered at Princeton University in 1921, the book provided an overview of his then-controversial theory of relativity. A foundational book of modern physics, The Meaning of Relativity has been in print ever since its first publication, has been translated into more than fifty languages, and is at the heart of the Press’s science publishing.
Today, the Press’s Einstein publishing program extends to all his writings. Providing the first assemblage and English translation of Einstein’s massive written legacy, The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein is published by Princeton University Press and edited by The Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology with the assistance of The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In addition, these three partners together produce The Digital Einstein Papers—an online platform that provides readers around the world with open access to The Collected Papers.
A range of additional Einstein-related books published by the Press—including works of popular science, histories of science, critical editions, biographies, and textbooks—amplifies and supports Einstein’s own writings, and reflects his enduring relevance.
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Edited by Jed Z. Buchwald
A compelling interdisciplinary account of the historic discovery of gravitational waves
In 1915, Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of space-time caused by the movement of large...
Jürgen Renn and Hanoch Gutfreund
New perspectives on the iconic physicist's scientific and philosophical formation
At the end of World War II, Albert Einstein was invited to write his intellectual autobiography for the Library of Living Philosophers. The resulting book...
Michael D. Gordin
A finely drawn portrait of Einstein's sixteen months in Prague
In the spring of 1911, Albert Einstein moved with his wife and two sons to Prague, the capital of Bohemia, where he accepted a post as a professor of theoretical physics....
A handsome annotated edition of Einstein’s celebrated book on relativity
After completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Albert Einstein wrote Relativity. Intended for a popular audience, the...
The explosive debate that transformed our views about time and scientific truth
Albert Einstein’s travel diary to the Far East and Middle East
Edited by Peter L. Galison, Gerald Holton, and Silvan S. Schweber
More than fifty years after his death, Albert Einstein's vital engagement with the world continues to inspire others, spurring conversations, projects, and research, in the sciences as well as the humanities. Einstein for the 21st...
Charles W. Misner, Kip S. Thorne, and John Archibald Wheeler
First published in 1973, Gravitation is a landmark graduate-level textbook that presents Einstein’s general theory of relativity and offers a rigorous, full-year course on the physics of gravitation. Upon publication, Science called...
Steven S. Gubser and Frans Pretorius
Dive into a mind-bending exploration of the physics of black holes
On their 100th anniversary, the story of the extraordinary scientific expeditions that ushered in the era of relativity
In 1919, British scientists led extraordinary expeditions to Brazil and Africa to test Albert Einstein’s...
A. Douglas Stone
The untold story of Albert Einstein's role as the father of quantum theory
Since Einstein first described them nearly a century ago, gravitational waves have been the subject of more sustained controversy than perhaps any other phenomenon in physics. These as yet undetected fluctuations in the shape of...
Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn
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...
Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn
An annotated facsimile edition of Einstein's handwritten manuscript on the foundations of general relativity
Alice Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, and Robert Schulmann
The complete guide to everything you ever wanted to know about Einstein
The most famous scientist of the twentieth century, Albert Einstein was also one of the century's most outspoken political activists. Deeply engaged with the events of his tumultuous times, from the two world wars and the Holocaust, to...
Black holes may obliterate most things that come near them, but they saved the theory of general relativity. Einstein's theory was quickly accepted as the true theory of gravity after its publication in 1915, but soon took a back seat...
An authoritative and richly illustrated biography—published on the centenary of Einstein's general theory of relativity
An ideal introduction to Einstein's general theory of relativity
After 1905, Einstein's miraculous year, physics would never be the same again. In those twelve months, Einstein shattered many cherished scientific beliefs with five extraordinary papers that would establish him as the world's leading...
This is the definitive edition of the hugely popular collection of Einstein quotations that has sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide and been translated into twenty-five languages.
The Ultimate Quotable Einstein features roughly...
Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose
Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. But was he right? Can the quantum theory of fields and Einstein's general theory of relativity, the two most accurate and successful...
In 1921, five years after the appearance of his comprehensive paper on general relativity and twelve years before he left Europe permanently to join the Institute for Advanced Study, Albert Einstein visited Princeton University, where...