Einstein's Essays in Science

Einstein's Essays in Science

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His name is synonymous with "genius," but these essays by the renowned physicist and scholar are accessible to any reader. In addition to outlining the core of relativity theory in everyday language, Albert Einstein presents fascinating discussions of other scientific fields to which he made significant contributions. The Nobel Laureate also profiles some of history's most influential physicists, upon whose studies his own work was based.
Assembled during Einstein's lifetime from his speeches and essays, this book marks the first presentation to the wider world of the scientist's accomplishments in the field of abstract physics. Along with relativity theory, these articles examine the methods of theoretical physics, principles of research, and the concept of scientific truth. Einstein's speeches to audiences at Columbia University and the Prussian Academy of Science appear here, along with his insightful observations on such giants of science as Johannes Kepler, Sir Isaac Newton, James Clerk Maxwell, Niels Bohr, Max Planck, and others.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 136 x 216 x 7mm | 127g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Dover
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0486470113
  • 9780486470115
  • 388,135

Table of contents

PRINCIPLES OF RESEARCHINAUGURAL ADDRESS TO THE PRUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCESON SCIENTIFIC TRUTHON THE METHOD OF THEORETICAL PHYSICSJOHANNES KEPLERTHE MECHANICS OF NEWTON AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF THEORETICAL PHYSICSCLERK MAXWELL'S INFLUENCE ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE IDEA OF PHYSICAL REALITYNIELS BOHRWHAT IS THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY?THE PROBLEM OF SPACE, ETHER, AND THE FIELD IN PHYSICSNOTES ON THE ORIGIN OF THE GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITYTHE CAUSE OF THE FORMATION OF MEANDERS IN THE COURSES OF RIVERS AND OF THE SO-CALLED BEER'S LAWTHE FLETTNER SHIPRELATIVITY AND THE ETHERADDRESS AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
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About Albert Einstein

In addition to conducting the research that culminated in his acclaimed theories of relativity, Albert Einstein (1879-1955) taught and lectured at universities around the world. Einstein received numerous awards and honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine, and philosophy, and he remains a towering symbol of intellectual and imaginative achievement.

It's All Relative
Around 1950, Hayward Cirker, Founder and President of Dover Publications, wrote to Einstein and asked his approval to proceed with a Dover paperback reprint of the 1923 collection of original papers on relativity by Einstein himself and others (H. A. Lorentz, H. Weyl, and H. Minkowski), which had originally been published in England. Einstein was reluctant, wondering how much interest there could possibly be in this relic of his work from 30 or more years earlier. Cirker persisted, and Einstein finally agreed -- the Dover edition of The Theory of Relativity has been in print ever since and has been followed by many other Dover books on relativity.

The papers reprinted in this original collection will always be for the serious student the cornerstone of their Einstein library: Michelson's Interference Experiment (H. A. Lorentz); Electromagnetic Phenomena in a System Moving with any Velocity Less Than That of Light (H.A. Lorentz); On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies (A. Einstein); Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy Content? (A. Einstein); Space and Time (H. Minkowksi with notes by A. Sommerfeld); On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light (A. Einstein); and The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein) found on pages 109-164 of this text; Hamilton's Principle and The General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein); Cosmological Considerations on the General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein); Do Gravitational Fields Play an Essential Part in the Structure of the Elementary Particles of Matter? (A. Einstein); and Gravitation and Electricity (H. Weyl).



In the Author's Own Words:
"How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought independent of experience, is so admirably adapted to the objects of reality?"

"What nature demands from us is not a quantum theory or a wave theory; rather, nature demands from us a synthesis of these two views which thus far has exceeded the mental powers of physicists."

"Do not be troubled by your difficulties with Mathematics, I can assure you mine are much greater." -- Albert Einstein

Critical Acclaim for The Theory of Relativity
"This book constitutes an indispensable part of a library on relativity." -- Nature
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