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The Foundations of Einstein's Theory of Gravitation

The Foundations of Einstein's Theory of Gravitation


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Erwin Freundlich (1885–1964) was a renowned astronomer and close working associate of Albert Einstein. In this volume Freundlich provides a concise explanation of the ideas and theories which led to the general theory of relativity. Remarkably lucid and readable considering the difficulty of its subject matter, the text is also notable for containing a preface written by Einstein himself. A fascinating book, it will be of value to anyone with an interest in general relativity and the history of science. This English translation by Henry L. Brose was first published in 1920, and the German original in 1916.

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ISBN-13: 9781107601376
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 06/30/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 78
Sales rank: 589,803
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The special theory of relativity as a stepping-stone to the general theory of relativity; 2. Two fundamental postulates in the mathematical formulation of physical laws; 3. Concerning the fulfilment of the two postulates; 4. The difficulties in the principles of classical mechanics; 5. Einstein's theory of gravitation; 6. The verification of the new theory by actual experience; Appendix; Index.

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