The Meaning of Relativity

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Albert Einstein, «The Meaning of Relativity (Routledge Classics Series)»
Routledge,an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd | ISBN 0415285887 | (February 6, 2003) | PDF | 2,04 Mb | 192 pages


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In 1921, a young Albert Einstein traveled to America to give four lectures at Princeton University, paving the way for a more complete acceptance of his theory of general relativity. These lectures are published together as The Meaning of Relativity, and were revised with each new edition until Einstein's death. Despite Einstein's profession that he thought without using words, his examples and descriptions of the relativistic world he perceived are clear and easy to follow. Unfortunately for nontechnical readers, his presentation requires deep diversions into mathematics often enough to break up the flow of his narrative, and they may find this rough terrain. But for the mathematically sophisticated or the devoted scientific historian, these lectures are profoundly illuminating–Einstein's bright, quiet genius shines through in the simplicity and economy of his writing. Two appendices follow the lectures: the first covers advances and experimental verifications after 1921; the second, "Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field," was Einstein's last scientific paper. The Meaning of Relativity documents a revolution in progress and yields to the careful student deeper truths than those found in physics textbooks. –Rob Lightner –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Martin Levin, The Globe & Mail
"Not for the mathematically challenged, these lectures illuminate the thoughts of a genius. –This text refers to the Paperback edition.


A condensed unified presentation intended for one who has already gone through a standard text and digested the mechanics of tensor theory and the physical basis of relativity. Einstein's little book then serves as an excellent tying-together of loose ends and as a broad survey of the subject. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description:

In 1921, five years after the appearance of his comprehensive paper on general relativity and twelve years before he left Europe permanently to join the Institute for Advanced Study, Albert Einstein visited Princeton University, where he delivered the Stafford Little Lectures for that year. These four lectures constituted an overview of his then controversial theory of relativity. Princeton University Press made the lectures available under the title The Meaning of Relativity, the first book by Einstein to be produced by an American publisher. As subsequent editions were brought out by the Press, Einstein included new material amplifying the theory. A revised version of the appendix "Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field," added to the posthumous edition of 1956, was Einstein's last scientific paper. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author:

Brian Greene is Professor of Physics and of Mathematics at Columbia University. He is the author of the best-selling "The Elegant Universe" and, most recently, "The Fabric of the Cosmos".