New from Princeton: Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity

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To commemorate the centenary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity in November, Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity (October 21, 2015) provides an authoritative and accessible look at Einstein the scientist and the human being. The main narrative is enriched by twelve essays by well-known scientists, scholars, and artists, including three Nobel Laureates. The book contains 150 images, with many drawn from the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

This biography presents clearly the beautiful simplicity at the heart of Einstein’s greatest discoveries, and explains how his ideas have continued to influence scientific developments such as lasers, the theory of the big bang, and “theories of everything.” Einstein’s life and activities outside of science are also considered, including his encounters with famous contemporaries such as Chaplin, Roosevelt, and Tagore, his love of music, and his troubled family life. The book recognizes that Einstein’s striking originality was expressed in many ways, from his political and humanitarian campaigns against nuclear weapons, anti-Semitism, McCarthyism, and social injustices, to his unconventional personal appearance.

Published in association with the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the book draws on this exceptional resource of Einstein’s private papers and personal photographs. This new edition includes an important new afterword by Diana Kormos Buchwald, the director of the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology.

Praise for Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity

“A peerless introduction to the man, his life, and his scientific theories. . . . [T]his is by far the best book about Einstein that I have ever come across.”
Patrick Moore, BBC Sky at Night magazine

“Einstein’s life was full of paradoxes, and this lovely coffee table book, with essays by Stephen Hawking, Philip Anderson, Steven Weinberg and others, reveals them all.”
New Scientist

Andrew Robinson is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Story of Measurement, Genius: A Very Short Introduction, and biographies of Jean-François Champollion (Cracking the Egyptian Code), Michael Ventris (The Man Who Deciphered Linear B), and Thomas Young (The Last Man Who Knew Everything). He writes for many newspapers and magazines and is a former literary editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement.

The Albert Einstein Archives: According to the terms of Albert Einstein’s will, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is the last depository of his personal papers and holds the copyright to his literary estate. Today this unique collection forms the Albert Einstein Archives, the world’s foremost such resource. Its goal is to preserve, restore, and expand its holdings, enhance accessibility to the material, administer Einstein’s literary estate, and increase public awareness of the scientific achievements, political activities, and moral and humane values of Albert Einstein.

An authoritative and richly illustrated biography, published on the centenary of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

A Hundred Years of Relativity
Andrew Robinson
With a new afterword by Diana Kormos Buchwald

Paperback with French folds | $24.95 | £16.95
ISBN: 9780691169897 | 256 pp. | 8 x 11

Publication Date: October 21, 2015