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Einstein's Miraculous Year: Five Papers That Changed the Face of Physics

Edited By: John Stachel

248 pages, 5 b/w illus

Princeton University Press

Paperback | May 2005 | #153930 | ISBN: 0691122288
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Hardback | Dec 1998 | #90348 | ISBN: 0691059381
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For the first time Einstein's papers from the year 1905, the year that established him as the world's leading physicist, are presented in an accessible format and translated into modern day English.

In these excellent new translations of Einstein's papers, the economy and freshness of Einstein's style come through with undiminished force... To re-read these papers is to relive perhaps the most dramatic year in the history of physics. -- Werner Israel Physics World Read this beautifully translated and edited collection and enjoy an encounter with one of the greatest minds at work and five of the greatest physics papers of [the twentieth] century. -- David C. Cassidy American Journal of Physics I find myself thrilled by these papers. Why? Because through the original choice of words and arguments, through the simple but profound ideas and thought processes ... I have been able to gaze into the mind of this great scientist in a way that no distillation or restatement or commentary would allow. In these papers one can see an enormously gifted human being grappling with the nature of the world. -- Alan Lightman Atlantic Monthly Drawing heavily on his subject's autobiographical reflections about the relationship between thought and language in his struggles to understand deep physical problems, Stachel paints a not-unfamiliar picture of Einstein as a solitary genius whose driving ideas were entirely his own. -- David E. Rowe Times Higher Education Supplement John Stachel devotes several pages to rebutting recent claims that Einstein's first wife, Mileva Maric, co-authored the 1905 papers... [R]elativity and the quantum revolution sprang from the subtle gray matter of Einstein's brain alone. -- PD Smith The Guardian Einstein's Miraculous Year provides a well-considered look back at the seminal ideas that eventually helped make Einstein a household name... [I]t's never too late to take a closer look at the century-old work that revolutionized [physics]. -- Ryan Wyatt Planetarian


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

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John Stachel is Professor of Physics Emeritus at Boston University, where he directs the Center for Einstein Studies. Roger Penrose is Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford and holds a regular visiting appointment at the Pennsylvania State University, where he is Francis R. Penz and Helen M. Penz Distinguished Professor of Physics and Mathematics.

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