, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 61–64 | Cite as

The popular reception of Einstein’s relativity in Britain

Katy Price: Loving faster than light: Romance and readers in Einstein’s universe. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 2012, 261pp, $45.00, £31.50 HB
  • Vanja V. Malloy
Book Review

While the scientific impact of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity has been the subject of numerous historical studies in recent times, the popular coverage of this theory outside the scientific field has not yet been fully examined. Relativity not only revolutionized the sciences but also infiltrated mass culture, its reception varying geographically and continuously changing over time. Recent publications have demonstrated how relativity theory substantially influenced the conceptual development of various non-scientific fields, such as the arts and literature. For instance, Henry (2003) has written on the effect of Einstein’s relativity on the writings of Virginia Woolf, Parkinson (2008) has established the significance of relativity on the Surrealist movement, and Henderson (2008, 2013) has examined its influence on the arts, especially during the 1920s and 1930s. These books challenge the assumed schism between the humanities and sciences by seeking to recoup the interconnections and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Courtauld Institute of ArtLondonUK

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