The Special and General Theory

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Penguin Putnam

Robert Geroch builds on Einstein's work with commentary that addresses the ideas at the heart of the theory, bringing a modern understanding of relativity to the text. He elucidates how special relativity is a reconciliation of the contradictions between the nature of light and the principle of relativity; he expands on Einstein's treatment of the geometry of space-time and the fundamental notion of an "event"; he explains in detail, but without technical language, the equivalence of inertial and gravitational mass, a cornerstone of general relativity.

Baker & Taylor
The Nobel Prize-winning physicist presents his views on the special and general theory of relativity and the universe as a whole, in an accessible introduction to his seminal theories, written for the non-scientist.

Book News
This republication of Albert Einstein's introduction to his theory of relativity, written for the layperson, includes commentary by Robert Geroch (physics, University of Chicago) on the modern understanding of relativity, plus an introduction by Robert Penrose (mathematics, emeritus, Oxford University), framing Einstein's work within the history of science, and an essay on the cultural legacy of relativity theory by David C. Cassidy (natural sciences, Hofstra University). Einstein's preface, 32 chapters, and three appendices were originally published in 1920. The original version of Roger Penrose's introduction was first published in 2004 by The Folio Society Ltd. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Pi Press, [2005]
Edition: The masterpiece science edition
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780131862616
Branch Call Number: 530.11 EINST
Characteristics: xxvi, 259 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes: Originally published: New York : H. Holt, 1920


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