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The Principle of Relativity (Books on Physics)

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This collection of original papers on the special and general theories of relativity is an unabridged translation of the 4th edition of Das Relativitatsprinzip, together with a revised edition of an additional paper by H.A. Lorentz.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 1952 by Dover Publications
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Nitu Ushi
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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I was floored by this work. If taken slow I feel that any person of reasonable intelligence can understand the concepts that Prof. Einstein puts forth on the laws that govern time and space. This monumental work is, to me, less like science and more like poetry.
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This is IT!
May 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The beautiful thing about science in the original is that, while the results may not always be correct or as clearly expressed as they might be, you do get the original philosophical arguments that led to the theory in the first place. This is especially true of Einstein. To me, he is clearly a philosopher in his original papers, both in his unifying view of things and also the argumentative techniques he uses.
Bob Finch
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Reading the original papers that made Einstein famous is a treat. His remarkable concision is especially inspiring.
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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This book is a collection of papers by Lorentz, Einstein, Minkowski and Weyl that laid the foundation of the Special and General Theory of Relativity.
Collecting these papers in a book give the reader an appreciation from what problems and ideas the theory developed, instead of getting it ready-made in a modern textbook.
For Special Relativity, this works fine. Though Lorentz paper is barely readable, Einstein writes very elegantly and explains in very simple term his ideas. In fact, today's textb
In 1990 I had to write a paper about time travel. Reading this book was a must.
I got so excited about the subject that in the end I wrote two. One on multiple universes and the other on tachyons* (kind of an mental experiment). The latter one was directly inspired by this book, my conversations about it and deep thinking/lots of fun at home.

If you really love physics, reading, thinking, and are not scared at some of the maths involved (I still can't grasp half of it) this book is pure joy.

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Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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The Principle of Relativity is a tough read of a concept that is difficult to grasp. I had the benefit of help and insights from my classmates over the few months we wrestled with Einstein. I admit I experienced several false 'Aha!' moments along the way. Eventually I did manage to successfully conceptualize the fundamentals of the theory before my class moved on, but I had to revisit Einstein's work several times on my own to gain a deeper and more useful understanding of relativity. ...more
Ibrahim Magdy
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Include an intro to minkowski space time coordinates
Jessada Karnjana
Apr 20, 2022 rated it it was amazing
รวมบทความต้นฉบับ ทั้งหมด 11 บทความของ Einstein, Lorentz, Weyl และ Minkowski ที่เป็นหลักและเป็นรากฐานของทฤษฎีสัมพัทธภาพ

บทความโดย Lorentz
1. Michelson's Interference Experiment (1895)
2. Electromagnetics Phenomena in a system moving with any velocity less than that of light (1904)

บทความโดย Einstein
1. On the electrodynamics of moving bodies (1905)
2. Does the inertia of a body depend upon its energy content? (1905) ที่มาของ E = mc^2
3. On the influence of gravitation on the propagation of light (1911)
Forked Radish
Jul 28, 2022 is currently reading it
First English edition, Perrett & Jeffery trans. (Dover) 1923.
I. Michelson’s Interference Experiment, H.A. Lorentz, 1895. ⭐⭐⭐—Synopsis: Lorentz derives his transformation from a re-examination of the seminal Michelson/Morley experiment.
II. Electromagnetic Phenomena in a System Moving with any Velocity Less than that of Light, ibid, 1904
III. On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies, A. Einstein, 1905, See other edition.
IV. Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy-Content? ibid, 1905. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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great book
Agnieszka Kotowicz-Pogoda
Sep 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
Brilliant, obviously, but a shame that there was not more comments and explanations for stupid people like me :P
Petra Hermans
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You call it telepathy.
The strategy of Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
made him a good student.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As an Einstein groupie I loved this book, well written for the masses to understand the most important theory that was ever developed which changed the world.
Jun 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Un libro que dejó una huella en mi entendimiento y muchas, muchas preguntas. Esas preguntas que le hacen bien al espíritu porque lo mantienen en movimiento.
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In 1879, Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich by 1909. His 1905 paper explaining the photoelectric effect, the basis of electronics, earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. His first paper on Special Relativity Theory, also published in 1905, changed the world. After the rise of the Nazi party, Einstein made Princeton his permanent home, becoming ...more

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