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62. Review of Wolfgang Pauli,

The Theory of Relativity

[Einstein 1922e]

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

age.[1]

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-

cipal

issues.[2]

A. Einstein, Berlin.

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