The Genesis of General Relativity

  • Michel Janssen
  • John D. Norton
  • Jürgen Renn
  • Tilman Sauer
  • John Stachel

Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 250)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-6
    1. Michel Janssen, John D. Norton, Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer, John Stachel
      Pages 7-20
    2. Jürgen Renn
      Pages 21-80
    3. John Stachel
      Pages 81-111
    4. Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer
      Pages 113-312
    5. Michel Janssen, Jürgen Renn, Tilman Sauer, John D. Norton, John Stachel
      Pages 489-714
    6. John D. Norton
      Pages 715-783
  2. The Gravitational Force between Mechanics and Electrodynamics

    1. Jürgen Renn, Matthias Schemmel
      Pages 926-944
    2. Jonathan Zenneck
      Pages 1001-1037
    3. Hendrik A. Lorentz
      Pages 1038-1052
    4. Benedict, Immanuel Friedlaender
      Pages 1053-1071
    5. FÄppl August
      Pages 1072-1080
  3. An Astronomical Road to a New Theory of Gravitation

  4. A New Law of Gravitation Enforced by Special Relativity

  5. The Problem of Gravitation as a Challenge for the Minkowski Formalism

    1. Max Abraham
      Pages 1256-1265
    2. Max Abraham
      Pages 1266-1271
    3. Max Abraham
      Pages 1272-1287
    4. Max Abraham
      Pages 1288-1336
  6. A Field Theory of Gravitation in the Framework of Special Relativity

  7. From Heretical Mechanics to a New Theory of Relativity

    1. Julian B. Barbour
      Pages 1492-1527
    2. Albert Einstein
      Pages 1528-1536
    3. Albert Einstein
      Pages 1537-1542
  8. From an Electromagnetic Theory of Matter to a New Theory of Gravitation

  9. Including Gravitation in a Unified Theory of Physics

  10. From Peripheral Mathematics to a New Theory of Gravitation

About this book


This four-volume work represents the most comprehensive documentation and study of the creation of general relativity; one of the fundamental physical theories of the 20th century. It comprises key sources from Einstein and others who from the late 19th to the early 20th century contributed to this monumental development. Some of these sources are presented here in translation for the first time. Einstein’s famous Zurich notebook, which documents the pivotal steps toward general relativity, is reproduced here for the first time and transcribed in its entirety. The volumes offer detailed commentaries and analyses of these sources that are based on a close reading of these documents supplemented by interpretations by the leading historians of relativity. All in all, the facets of this work, based on more than a decade of research, combine to constitute one of the most in-depth studies of a scientific revolution ever written.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Janssen
    • 1
  • John D. Norton
    • 2
  • Jürgen Renn
    • 3
  • Tilman Sauer
    • 4
  • John Stachel
    • 5
  1. 1.University of MinnesotaUSA
  2. 2.University of PittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Max Planck Institute for the History of ScienceGermany
  4. 4.Einstein Papers ProjectCaltechUSA
  5. 5.Boston UniversityUSA

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