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Einstein's miraculous year : five papers that changed the face of physics / edited and introduced by John Stachel ; with the assistance of Trevor Lipscombe, Alice Calaprice, and Sam Elworthy ; and with a foreword by Roger Penrose
Bib ID 1834943
Format BookBook
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Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
 
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Description Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, c1998 
xv, 198 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 0691059381 (alkaline paper) (cloth)
Summary

"After 1905, Einstein's miraculous year, physics would never be the same again. In those twelve months, Einstein shattered many cherished scientific beliefs in five great papers that would establish him as the world's leading physicist. For the first time, this book brings those papers together in an accessible format. An introduction by John Stachel explains their development and historical significance."--BOOK JACKET. "The best-known papers are the two that founded special relativity: On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies and Does the Inertia of a Body Depend on Its Energy Content? In the former, Einstein showed that absolute time had to be replaced by a new absolute: the speed of light. In the second, he asserted the equivalence of mass and energy, which would lead to the famous formula E = mc²."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Foreword / Roger Penrose
  • Introduction / John Stachel
  • Pt. 1. Einstein's Dissertation on the Determination of Molecular Dimensions. Paper 1. A New Determination of Molecular Dimensions
  • Pt. 2. Einstein on Brownian Motion. Paper 2. On the Motion of Small Particles Suspended in Liquids at Rest Required by the Molecular-Kinetic Theory of Heat
  • Pt. 3. Einstein on the Theory of Relativity. Paper 3. On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies. Paper 4. Does the Inertia of a Body Depend on Its Energy Content?
  • Pt. 4. Einstein's Early Work on the Quantum Hypothesis. Paper 5. On a Heuristic Point of View Concerning the Production and Transformation of Light.
 
Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955.  |  Physics -- History -- 20th century.
Other authors/contributors Stachel, John J., 1928-

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