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Einstein's Pathway to the Special Theory of Relativity (2nd Edition)

This book is a comprehensive monograph on Albert Einstein’s Odyssey to Special and General Relativity. This second edition brings together the most recent studies regarding the discovery of Special Relativity between 1895 and 1905 and pertaining to the genesis of General Relativity between 1905 and 1918. The book encompasses an in-depth historiographical analysis of Einstein’s theory of relativity and Einstein’s own derivations and philosophical perspectives of his work. The first chapter provides a narrative of Einstein’s early life until 1914 without resorting to hagiography. The second chapter discusses Fin de siècle physics; the third deals with Einstein’s path to the Special Theory of Relativity and Henri Poincaré’s Dynamics of the Electron; the fourth focuses on the genesis of the General Theory of Relativity; the fifth chapter centralizes on Einstein’s methodology and creativity, and on Poincaré’s philosophy; and the final section analyses the sources used in compiling this book.


Dr Galina Weinstein specializes in the work of Albert Einstein and in the history and philosophy of the Special and General Theories of Relativity. Dr Weinstein is a Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Haifa, Israel. She has received several prestigious awards in recent years, including a GIF (German Israeli Foundation for Research) grant to conduct extended research in the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Haifa, and several post-doctoral fellowships. She worked as an invited Guest Research Associate in REHSEIS at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Paris, and in the Center for Einstein Studies at Boston University, USA.

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ISBN: 1-4438-9512-1

ISBN13: 978-1-4438-9512-5

Release Date: 2nd August 2017

Pages: 660

Price: £80.99

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