New from Princeton: An Einstein Encyclopedia

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For the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, the most complete guide to Einstein, the scientist and the man.

By Alice Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, & Robert Schulmann.

“This is the most comprehensive book on Einstein published to coincide with the centenary of his general theory of relativity.”
Library Journal

November 2015 marks the hundredth anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a theory which shapes our modern understanding of gravity and physics. Einstein’s contributions to science were complemented by his work as a moral and humanitarian icon, and AN EINSTEIN ENCYCLOPEDIA (Publication date: November 18, 2015) provides a comprehensive guide to all aspects of Einstein’s life and work. The encyclopedia features more than 100 entries divided into sections on his personal, scientific, and public life.

AN EINSTEIN ENCYCLOPEDIA is written by three leading Einstein scholars, who draw on a combined wealth of expertise gained during their work on the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. The encyclopedia includes entries on Einstein’s birth and death, family and romantic relationships, honors and awards, 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. 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).

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

Hardcover | October 2015 | $39.95 | £27.95
ISBN: 9780691141749 | 376 pp. | 7 x 10 | 41 halftones. 2 line illus. 2 maps.

Publication date: November 18, 2015