Relativity: The Special and General Theory

Relativity: The Special and General Theory

by Albert Einstein, translated by Robert W. Lawson

Relativity: The Special and General Theory

by Albert Einstein, translated by Robert W. Lawson

Relativity: The Special and General Theory is an introduction to Einstein’s space-bending, time-stretching theory of Relativity, first published in December 1916. Special and General relativity explain the structure of space time and provide a theory of gravitation, respectively. Einstein’s theories shocked the world with their counterintuitive results, including the dissolution of absolute time. In this book, he brings a simplified form of his profound understanding of the subject to the layperson. In the words of Einstein: “The present book is intended, as far as possible, to give an exact insight into the theory of Relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.” The book is challenging at times but, when approached patiently, proves itself one of the most lucid explanations of Relativity to be found anywhere.

This edition was published in 1920.