Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

Paperback Penguin Classics

By (author) Albert Einstein, Translated by Robert W Lawson, Introduction by Nigel Calder

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 129 pages
  • Dimensions: 125mm x 193mm x 10mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 25 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0143039822
  • ISBN 13: 9780143039822
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 60,427

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According to Einstein himself, this book is intended "to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics." When he wrote the book in 1916, Einstein's name was scarcely known outside the physics institutes. Having just completed his masterpiece, The General Theory of Relativity--which provided a brand-new theory of gravity and promised a new perspective on the cosmos as a whole--he set out at once to share his excitement with as wide a public as possible in this popular and accessible book.First time in Penguin ClassicsNew introduction by bestselling science author Nigel Calder

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Albert Einstein (1879-1955), one of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century, was born in Ulm, Germany, to German-Jewish parents. He published his first great theories in Switzerland in the early 1900s while working as a patent clerk. Nigel Calder, educated as a physicist at Cambridge University, began his full-time writing career on the original staff of New Scientist magazine. His most recent book is the bestselling Einstein's Universe.