GENERAL
INTRODUCTION xxix
The basic
organization
of
The Collected
Papers is chronological.
Einstein's
life
has been divided into four
periods.
As
the title
The
Early
Years
(1879-
1902) suggests,
the
present
volume documents Einstein's
youth, up
to
the time
he
began
to
work for the
Swiss
Patent
Office.
The later
periods,
The Swiss
Years
(1901-1914),
The Berlin Years
(1914-1933),
and
The
Princeton
Years
(1933-1955),
will
each be covered
by
several volumes.
Subsequent
volumes
of
The
Collected
Papers
will be
separated
into
two
series:
Writings
and
Correspondence.
The
Writings
will
contain Einstein's
books,
published
and
unpublished
articles,
lecture and
research
notebooks,
and book
reviews.
They
will
also include reliable records of
his lectures,
speeches,
interviews,
and other oral
statements.
The
Correspondence
will
present
all
available letters written
by
Einstein and
all
nontrivial letters
to him.
These
volumes,
moreover,
will
include
third-party
letters and documents
that
contain
important
information
bearing
on
his
activities.
Like
the
present volume,
each
Correspondence
volume
will
also
con-
tain
a
chronology
of Einstein's
life
and
biographical
sketches of
some
signif-
icant
figures
in his
life
during
the
period
covered
by
that
volume.
Each
document
is
printed
in
its
original language. English
translations
are
provided
for the
few
that
are
not in
German, French,
or
English.
A
microform
supplement
to
this
edition,
being prepared
under
separate editorship,
will
contain
English
translations of
previously
untranslated German and French
documents,
and
references to
existing
translations of the others.
The
next
sequence
of
volumes,
The
Swiss Years
(1901-1914),
will
consist
of
at
least
two
volumes of
Writings
and
one
volume of
Correspondence.
The
latter
will
present exchanges
with
such
prominent
scientists
as
Max
von
Laue,
Hendrik Antoon
Lorentz,
Ernst
Mach,
Max
Planck,
and
Arnold
Sommer-
feld.
The volumes
of
Writings,
whose
publication
will
precede
the Corre-
spondence
volume, will
include Einstein's fundamental
papers
on
the
special
and
general
theories of
relativity, quantum theory,
and statistical
physics,
as
well
as
a lengthy unpublished
review
of the
special theory
of
relativity
and
research
notes
on
general relativity.
Lecture
notes prepared
by
Einstein
for
courses
he
taught
in
Zurich
on
analytical mechanics,
statistical
mechanics,
and
electromagnetic theory
will be included,
supplemented
by
students'
notes
on
these and other
courses
he
taught, including
notes
on special
relativity.
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