Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein

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3. A. Einstein, Autobiographisches, in Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist ( P. Schilpp , Ed.); Tudor, New York, 1949. Cited below as E. The closest Einstein ever came to writing an autobiography. Indispensable.4. C. Seelig, Albert Einstein; Europa Verlag, Zürich, 1960. Quoted below as Se. The material is based in part on an extensive correspondence between the author and A. Einstein, Margot Einstein, and Helen Dukas. This biography is a much-expanded version of an earlier book by C. Seelig, Albert Einstein; Europa Verlag, Zürich, 1954. (The English translation of this last book is not recommended.)5. B. Hoffmann in collaboration with H. Dukas, Albert Einstein, Creator and Rebel; Viking, New York, 1972.6. Albert Einstein in Bern by M. Flückiger; Paul Haupt Verlag, Bern, 1974. Cited below as F. Contains a number of reproductions of rare documents pertaining to Einstein's younger days. The text contains numerous inaccuracies.7. Philipp Frank, Albert Einstein, sein Leben und seine Zeit; Vieweg, Braunschweig, 1979. This German version is superior to the English edition, Einstein, His Life and Time, Knopf, New York, 1947, since large parts of the German edition do not appear in the English one. The German edition also contains an introduction by Einstein in which he mentions that he encouraged Frank to write this book.8. H. E. Specker, Ed. Einstein und Ulm; Kohlhammer, Stuttgart, 1979. Contains details about Einstein's ancestry, including a family tree.9. C. Kirsten and H. J. Treder, Ed., Albert Einstein in Berlin 1913-1933; Akademic Verlag, Berlin, 1979. An annotated collection of documents from the archives of the Prussian Academy of Sciences. Splendid.
References
E1. E, p. 8.
E1a. Pauline Einstein, letter to Jette Koch, August 1, 1886.
E2. A. Einstein, letter to H. Friedmann, March 18, 1929.
E3. E, p. 4.
E4. A. Einstein, letter to Hermann Broch, September 2, 1945.
E5. -----, Mes Projects d'Avenir; the original is in the Staatsarchiv Kanton Aargau.
E6. -----, letter to Rosa Winteler, June 3, 1897.
E7. E, p. 14.
E8. A. Einstein, letter to E. F. Magnin, February 25, 1931.
E9. E, p. 16.
E10. A. Einstein, letter to H. Zangger, summer 1912.
E11. -----, letter to A. Hurwitz, September 23, 1900.
E12. -----, letter to A. Hurwitz, September 26, 1900.
E13. -----, AdP 4, 513, ( 1901).
E14. -----, letter to M. Crossman, April 14, 1901.
E15. -----, letter to W. Ostwald, March 19, 1901.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • To the Reader vii
  • Contents (entries in Italics Are Almost Entirely Biographical) xi
  • I- Introductory 3
  • 1- Purpose and Plan 5
  • 2- Relativity Theory and Quantum Theory 26
  • 3 - Portrait of the Physicist as a Young Man 49
  • II- Statistical Physics 53
  • 4- Entropy and Probability 55
  • 5- The Reality of Molecules 79
  • III- Relativity, the Special Theory 109
  • 6- ''subtle is the Lord . . .'' 111
  • 7- The New Kinematics 138
  • 8- The Edge of History 163
  • IV- Relativity, the General Theory 175
  • 9- ''The Happiest Thought of My Life'' 177
  • References 184
  • 10- Herr Professor Einstein 190
  • 11- The Prague Papers 192
  • 12- The Einstein-Grossmann Collaboration 208
  • 12- The Einstein-Grossmann Collaboration 208
  • References 228
  • 13- Field Theories of Gravitation 237
  • 14- The Field Equations of Gravitation 239
  • 15 - The New Dynamics 292
  • V- The Later Journey 297
  • 16- ''The Suddenly Famous Doctor Einstein'' 299
  • 17- Unified Field Theory 325
  • VI - The Quantum Theory 355
  • 18 - Preliminaries 363
  • 19- The Light-Quantum 364
  • 20- Einstein and Specific Heats 389
  • 21- The Photon 402
  • 22- Interlude- The Bks Proposal 416
  • 23- A Loss of Identity 423
  • 24- Einstein as a Transitional Figure 435
  • 25- Einstein''s Response to the New Dynamics 440
  • 26- Einstein''s Vision 460
  • VII- Journey''s End 471
  • 27- The Final Decade 473
  • 28- Epilogue 479
  • VIII- Appendices 481
  • 29- Of Tensors and a Hearing Aid and Many Other Things 483
  • 30- How Einstein Got the Nobel Prize 502
  • 31 - Einstein''s Proposals for the Nobel Prize 518
  • 32- An Einstein Chronology 520
  • Name Index 531
  • Subject Index 539
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