© 2006

Einstein, 1905–2005

Poincaré Seminar 2005

  • Thibault Damour
  • Olivier Darrigol
  • Bertrand Duplantier
  • Vincent Rivasseau


  • Lectures from the Séminaire Poincaré, held in April 2005 at the Institute Henry Poincaré

  • Contains the English translation of an Einstein paper of 1910, written at the ETH Zürich


Part of the Progress in Mathematical Physics book series (PMP, volume 47)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Olivier Darrigol
    Pages 1-31
  3. Clifford M. Will
    Pages 33-58
  4. Philippe Grangier
    Pages 135-149
  5. Thibault Damour
    Pages 151-182
  6. Bertrand Duplantier
    Pages 201-293

About this book


The Poincaré Seminar is held twice a year at the Institute Henri Poincaré in Paris. The goal of this seminar is to provide up-to-date information about general topics of great interest in physics. Both the theoretical and experimental results are covered, with some historical background. Particular care is devoted to the pedagogical nature of the presentation.
This volume is devoted to Einstein's 1905 papers and their legacy. After a presentation of Einstein's epistemological approach to physics, and the genesis of special relativity, a centenary perspective is offered. The geometry of relativistic spacetime is explained in detail. Single photon experiments are presented, as  a spectacular realization of Einstein's light quanta hypothesis. A previously unpublished lecture by Einstein, which presents an illuminating point of view on statistical physics in 1910, at the dawn of quantum mechanics, is reproduced. The volume ends with an essay on the historical, physical and mathematical aspects of Brownian motion.

Contributing authors:

Jacques Bros
Thibault Damour
Olivier Darrigol
Bertrand Duplantier
Albert Einstein
Philippe Grangier
Ugo Moschella
Clifford M. Will

Additional information (e.g. color versions of pictures) can be found at 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Thibault Damour
    • 1
  • Olivier Darrigol
    • 2
  • Bertrand Duplantier
    • 3
  • Vincent Rivasseau
    • 4
  1. 1.IHÉSBures-sur-YvetteFrance
  2. 2.Université Denis Diderot (Paris 7)Paris Cedex 05France
  3. 3.Service de Physique Théorique Orme des MerisiersCEA - SaclayGif-sur-Yvette CedexFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire de Physique ThéoriqueUniversité Paris XIOrsay CedexFrance

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