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62. Review of Wolfgang Pauli,
The Theory of Relativity
Published 24 February 1922
In: Die Naturwissenschaften 10 (1922): 184–185.
Pauli, W., Jr., Relativitätstheorie. Offprint from Enzyklopädie der mathema-
tischen Wissenschaften. Leipzig, B. G. Teubner, 1921. IV, pp. 539 to 775. 17 × 25
cm. Price bound 40.– marks; bound 50.– marks.
Whoever studies this mature and broadly conceived work would not believe that
the author is a man of twenty-one years of
One does not know what to
admire most: the psychological grasp of the development of ideas, the certainty of
mathematical deduction, the profound physical vision, the capacity for clear sys-
tematic presentation, the knowledge of the literature, the factual completeness, or
the certainty of the critique.
This exhaustive exposition on roughly 230 pages is arranged as follows:
I. Development of the special theory of relativity with careful account taken
of the defining observational data for its foundation.
II. Mathematical aids for the special and general theories of relativity. The
paragraphs on affine tensors and infinitesimal transformations are especially rec-
ommended to knowledgeable readers.
III. Further development of the special theory of relativity. Exhaustive from the
formal as well as physical points of view.
IV. General theory of relativity (75 pages). Model account of the development
of the ideas. Complete presentation of the mathematical methods for solving spe-
cific problems. The discussions on the energy equation and the criticism of Weyl’s
theory are particularly valuable.
Anyone working creatively in the area of relativity should consult Pauli’s
edition; likewise anyone who wants to familiarize himself accurately with the prin-
A. Einstein, Berlin.