How Einstein Created Relativity out of Physics and Astronomy

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ISBN: 978-1-4614-4781-8 (Print) 978-1-4614-4782-5 (Online)

Table of contents (29 chapters)

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  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xv

  2. Genesis: Riding a Beam of Light

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      Galileo Discovers Inertia & the Relativity of Motion

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      Einstein’s First Famous Thought Experiment

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      Pages 15-23

      Einstein: From Zürich to Bern & the Annus Mirabilis

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      Pages 25-40

      Converge, Convert, & Conserve: Physics Before Einstein

  3. Special Relativity

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      Pages 41-41

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      Einstein 1905: The Theory of Relativity Is Born

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      Pages 49-53

      The Michelson-Morley Muddle

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      Pages 55-65

      What Does the Theory Predict?

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      Pages 67-76

      From Railroad Time to Space-Time

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      Pages 77-78

      1911: The Paradox About Time

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      Pages 79-81

      Is the Theory True Today?

  4. General Relativity

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 83-84

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      Pages 85-88

      Galileo Discovers How Bodies Fall

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      Pages 89-96

      1907: Einstein’s Second Famous Thought Experiment

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      Pages 97-102

      Enter, Mach’s Principle; or, Seduced by an Idea

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      Pages 103-112

      Einstein’s Epic Intellectual Journey: 1907 to 1915

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      Pages 113-119

      1916: The Great Summation Paper on General Relativity

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      Pages 121-125

      1920: Year of Fame, Year of Infamy

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      Pages 127-135

      1922: What is Time? Bergson Versus Einstein … and The Prize

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      Pages 137-141

      1931: Einstein’s First Visit to Caltech

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      Pages 143-146

      Is the Theory True Today?

  5. Cosmology

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      Pages 147-147

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      Pages 149-158

      Cosmological Conundrums and Discoveries Since Newton

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