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John Stachel, the author of this collection of 37 published and unpublished articles on Albert Einstein, has written about Einstein and his work for over 40 years. Trained as a theoretical physicist specializing in the theory of relativity, he was chosen as the founding editor of The Collected papers of Albert Einstein 25 years ago, and is currently Director of the Boston University Center for Einstein Studies.
Based on a detailed study of documentary evidence, much of which was newly discovered in the course of his work, Stachel debunks many of the old (and some new) myths about Einstein and offers novel insight into his life and work. Throughout the volume, a new, more human picture of Einstein is offered to replace the plaster saint of popular legend. In particular, a youthful Einstein emerges from the obscurity that previously shrouded his early years, and much new light is shed on the origins of the special and general theories of relativity. Also discussed in some detail are Einstein's troubled relationship with his first wife, his friendships with other physicists such as Eddington, Bose, and Pauli, and his Jewish identity.
The essays are grouped thematically into the following areas:
* The Human Side
* Editing the Einstein Papers
* Surveys of Einstein's Work
* Special Relativity
* General Relativity
* Quantum Theory
* Einstein and Other Scientists
* Book Reviews
Because the essays are independent of one another, readers will be able to dip into this collection to satisfy varying interests. It will be of particular interest to historians of 20th century science, working physicists, and students, as well as to the many members of the general reading public who continue to be fascinated by aspects of Einstein's life and work.
Content Level » Research
Keywords » cls - history - philosophy of science - quantum theory - relativity
Related subjects » Birkhäuser History of Science - Birkhäuser Physics
Introduction
Part I: The Human Side
Albert Einstein: The Man Beyond the Myth
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein: (1879-1955)
The Young Einstein: Poetry and Truth
Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric: A Collaboration that Failed to Develop
Einstein's Jewish Identity
Einstein on Civil Liberty
Einstein and the "Research Passion"
Part II: Editing the Einstein Papers
"A Man of My Type"---Editing the Einstein Papers
Introduction to the Guide to the Duplicate Einstein Archive and Control Index
Part III: Surveys of Einstein's Work
Introduction to Einstein: The Formative Years
The Other Einstein: Einstein Contra Field Theory
Part IV: Special Relativity
"What Song the Syrens Sang": How Did Einstein Discover Special Relativity?
Einstein and Ether Drift Experiments
Einstein and Michelson: The Context of Discovery and the Context of Justification
Einstein on the Theory of Relativity
Einstein's First Derivation of Mass--Energy Equivalence
Part V: General Relativity
Einstein's Odyssey: His Journey from Special to General Relativity
The Genesis of General Relativity
The Rigidly Rotating Disk as the "Missing Link" in the History of General Relativity
The First Two Acts
How Einstein Discovered General Relativity: A Historical Tale with Some Contemporary Morals
Einstein's Search for General Covariance, 1912-1915
Belated Decision in the Hilbert--Einstein Priority Dispute
The Origin of Gravitational Lensing: A Postcript to Einstein's 1936 Science Paper
New Light on the Einstein--Hilbert Priority Question
Part VI: Quantum Theory
Einstein and the Quantum: Fifty Years of Struggle
Einstein and Quantum Mechanics
Einstein's Light-Quantum Hypothesis, or Why Didn't Einstein Propose a Quantum Gas a Decade-and-a-Half Earlier?
Part VII: Einstein and Others
Einstein and Newton
Eddington and Einstein
Einstein and Infeld: Seen through their Correspondence
Lanczos's Early Contributions to Relativity and His Relationship with Einstein
Einstein and Bose
Einstein and 'Zweistein'
Part VIII: Book Reviews
'Subtle is the Lord' ... The Science and Life of Albert Einstein by Abraham Pais
Albert Einstein: A Biography by Albert Fölsing
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