- Eric Crahan
Executive Editor & Editorial Director, Humanities
As the publisher of Albert Einstein, Princeton University Press has a grand tradition in the history of science. We publish books in the history of knowledge and science in the broadest sense. Our list encompasses the history of the natural and physical sciences, from antiquity to the present,
while also incorporating the history of the humanities and the social sciences, the history of academic disciplines, and the history of the book. Throughout, our list strives to be global and diverse in period, topic, and methodology.
It is once again time to talk about time. On March 14, 1988, Larry Shaw of the San Francisco Exploratorium organized the first official “Pi Day” to celebrate mathematics (and also, for the broad minded, physics).
Me, myself, and Einstein
Jimena Canales is the author of The Physicist and the Philosopher, which tells the remarkable story of how an explosive debate between two intellectual giants transformed our understanding of time and drove a rift between science and the humanities that persists today. This is the story of how she came to study the iconic physicist when she initially had no interest in “such a great man, or any great men.”
For the beauty of invisibility
Human beings are naturally visual creatures. Our eyes, capable of counting single photons, have been optimized over evolutionary time to the very limits of the laws of physics.
Katherine Freese on how relativity rejuvenated her career
Katherine Freese is director of Nordita, the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, in Stockholm, and author of The Cosmic Cocktail, which tells of the epic quest to solve one of the most compelling enigmas of modern science—what is the universe made of? This is the story of how one of today’s foremost pioneers in the study of dark matter came back from the brink of burnout because of Relativity.
Naomi Oreskes on Why Trust Science?
Do doctors really know what they are talking about when they tell us vaccines are safe? Should we take climate experts at their word when they warn us about the perils of global warming? Why should we trust science when our own politicians don't?
Was Einstein the first to discover general relativity?
On November 25, 1915, Einstein submitted one of the most remarkable scientific papers of the twentieth century to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin. The paper presented the final form of what are called the Einstein Equations, the field equations of gravity which underpin Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.