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New from Princeton: The Road to Relativity and Relativity

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In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s definitive publication of the General Theory of Relativity, we are pleased to announce two riveting new books that mark this momentous achievement:

The Road to Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein’s “The Foundation of General Relativity” featuring the original manuscript of Einstein’s masterpiece by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn and

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition by Albert Einstein with commentaries and background material by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn

On November 25, 1915, a 35-year old Albert Einstein submitted his final version of the general theory of relativity to the Prussian Royal Academy, complete with the field equations that define how the force of gravity arises from the curvature of space and time by matter and energy. Einstein’s revolutionary conception of gravity had far-reaching consequences. Not only does it accurately explain the motion of the planets; it also describes the history and expansion of the universe, the physics of black holes, and the bending of light from distant stars and galaxies, as confirmed by innumerable observations and experiments.

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This year we mark the centenary of this remarkable occasion and are pleased to be publishing The Road to Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein’s “The Foundation of General Relativity” featuring the Original Manuscript of Einstein’s Masterpiece (Publication date: July 15, 2015; $35.00), by Hanoch Gutfreund, academic director of the Albert Einstein Archives, and Jürgen Renn, director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

This richly annotated, rare facsimile edition of Einstein’s original handwritten manuscript, “The Foundation of General Relativity,” published in 1916 in the Annals of Physics. This paper reviews the physics underpinning Einstein’s development of the general theory of relativity, and it is one of the first systematic expositions of the derivation of the theory. It marks the conclusion of Einstein’s intellectual odyssey towards his general theory of relativity. In this book, Gutfreund and Renn provide the English translation of the paper and insightful page-by-page commentary that places the text in historical and scientific context. Gutfreund and Renn’s concise introduction traces Einstein’s journey 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. Featuring an enthralling foreword by John Stachel, The Road to Relativityis a handsome edition that also includes a biographical glossary, describing the intellectuals that influenced or were influenced by Einstein and his work, a comprehensive bibliography, suggestions for further reading and numerous photos and illustrations throughout.

We will also be publishing a deluxe, commemorative edition of Relativity: The Special and the General Theory, 100th Anniversary Edition (Publication date: July 1, 2015; $26.95), by Albert Einstein, with commentaries and background material by Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn. After completing the final version of his general theory of relativity in November 1915, Einstein wrote a book about relativity for a popular audience. His intention was “to give an exact insight into the theory of relativity to those readers, who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.”

This new edition of Einstein’s celebrated book features an authoritative English translation of the text along with an introduction and a wonderful reading companion by Gutfreund and Renn that examines the evolution of Einstein’s thinking and casts his ideas in a broader present-day context. A special chapter explores the history of and the stories behind the early foreign-language editions in light of the reception of relativity in different countries. This edition also includes a survey of the introductions from those editions, covers from selected early editions, a letter from Walther Rathenau to Einstein discussing the book, and a revealing sample from Einstein’s handwritten manuscript. No other edition contains such a wealth of new and authoritative material, framing Einstein’s popular level book for a new century of readers.

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. He lives in Jerusalem. 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. He lives in Berlin.

The Road to Relativity
The History and Meaning of Einstein’s “The Foundation of General Relativity”
Featuring the original manuscript of Einstein’s masterpiece
Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn
Cloth $35.00 • £24.95| ISBN: 978-0-691-16253-9
236 pp. | 8 x 10
eBook ISBN: 9781400865765

Publication Date: July 15, 2015

http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10444.html

 

Relativity
The Special and General Theory
100th Anniversary Edition
Albert Einstein
With commentaries and background material by
Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn
Cloth $26.95 • £18.95| ISBN: 978-0-691-16633-9
294 pp. | 5 ½ x 8 ½
eBook ISBN: 9781400865666

Publication Date: July 15, 2015

http://press.princeton.edu/titles/10434.html