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EINSTEIN, Albert.

The Theory of Relativity.

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

London: Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1920 Stock Code: 145494
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A scientific revolution

First edition in English, first impression, translated from the third German edition (1918) by Robert W. Lawson. This is the first appearance of any of Einstein's works in English. The additional chapter (Appendix III) written by Einstein for this edition was added at Lawson's urging, who thought the book would be more accessible if its author could provide a proof of the general theory. Einstein intended the book to be intelligible to the general public, which he tested by reading drafts to his step-daughter Margot, "pausing frequently to ask whether she indeed got it" (Isaacson).

This copy has a contemporary ex-libris to front pastedown of J. Willis Grundy, who appears to have been an inventor of sorts - the Kodak Collection at the National Media Museum in Bradford holds a photometer invented by him.

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Description

Octavo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in black, front cover lettered in blind. With 8 pages of inserted advertisements.

Illustrations

Portrait frontispiece of author by Hermann Struck, diagrams, figures and equations in text.

Condition

Sunned to spine as usual but otherwise a fresh copy, some bumps to board edges, endpapers and edges lightly toned/spotted, but sound, smart, and internally clean, very good.

Bibliography

Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe, p. 232; Weil 90A.

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