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EINSTEIN, Albert.
The Theory of Relativity.

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The Special the General Theory, a Popular Exposition. Authorised Translation by Robert W. Lawson, with Five Diagrams and a Portrait of the Author.

Published: London Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1920

Stock Code: 116384

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First edition in English, translated from the third German edition (1918) by Robert W. Lawson. This is the first appearance of any of Einstein’s works in English. It contains an additional chapter (Appendix III) written by Einstein for this edition, "The Experimental Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity". Relativity: The Special & the General Theory is an account intended to be accessible to the general public, which Einstein tested by reading drafts to his step-daughter Margot, "pausing frequently to ask whether she indeed got it" (Isaacson, p. 232). Einstein took the opportunity to publish the present English language edition when interest in general relativity grew after the theory was confirmed experimentally by Arthur Eddington's eclipse observations of 1919.
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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, title blocked in blind to front cover and to spine gilt. 8 pages of inserted advertisements.

Illustrations

Frontispiece portrait of author by Hermann Struck, 5 diagrams in text.

Condition

Ownership inscription. Sunned and rolled spine, foxing to edges and endpapers, scuffing to bottom edge, tear to leaf pp. 67-68 from careless opening; still a very good copy.

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