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Author LinkKennedy, Robert E.
Title LinkA student’s guide to Einstein’s major papers / Robert E. Kennedy.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2012.
Description xxi, 303 p. :  ill. ;  25 cm.
Type of Material Book
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Contents: Setting the stage for 1905 -- Radiation and the quanta -- The atom and Brownian motion -- The special theory of relativity -- The general theory of relativity -- "Fundamental considerations on the postulate of relativity" -- "Mathematical aids to the formulation of generally covariant equations" -- "Theory of the gravitational field" -- "Material phenomena" -- Einstein and quantum mechanics.
Summary "Our understanding of the physical universe underwent a revolution in the early twentieth century--evolving from the classical physics of Newton, Galileo, and Maxwell to the modern physics of relativity and quantum mechanics. The dominant figure in this revolutionary change was Albert Einstein. In a single year, 1905, Einstein produced breakthrough works in three areas of physics: on the size and the effects of atoms; on the quantization of the electromagnetic field; and on the special theory of relativity. In 1916 he produced a fourth breakthrough work, the general theory of relativity. A Student’s Guide to Einstein’s Major Papers focuses on Einstein’s contributions, setting his major works into their historical context, and then takes the reader through the details of each paper, including the mathematics. This book helps the reader appreciate the simplicity and insightfulness of Einstein’s ideas and how revolutionary his work was, and locate it in the evolution of scientific thought begun by the ancient Greek natural philosophers."--book jacket.
Per.Sub. LinkEinstein, Albert, 1879-1955.
Subject LinkPhysics -- Philosophy.
LinkMathematical physics.

System Number 000671937
ISBN Link9780199694037 (hbk.)
Link0199694036 (hbk.)

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