How Einstein Created Relativity out of Physics and Astronomy

  • David Topper

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 394)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Genesis: Riding a Beam of Light

  3. Special Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. David R. Topper
      Pages 49-53
    3. David R. Topper
      Pages 55-65
    4. David R. Topper
      Pages 67-76
    5. David R. Topper
      Pages 77-78
    6. David R. Topper
      Pages 79-81
  4. General Relativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-84
    2. David R. Topper
      Pages 85-88
    3. David R. Topper
      Pages 121-125

About this book


This book tracks the history of the theory of relativity through Einstein’s life, with in-depth studies of its background as built upon by ideas from earlier scientists. The focus points of Einstein’s theory of relativity include its development throughout his life; the origins of his ideas and his indebtedness to the earlier works of Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Mach and others; the application of the theory to the birth of modern cosmology; and his quest for a unified field theory. <br> <br>

 Treading a fine line between the technical and popular (but not shying away from the occasional equation), this book explains the entire range of relativity and weaves an up-to-date biography of Einstein throughout. The result is an explanation of the world of relativity, based on an extensive journey into earlier physics and a simultaneous voyage into the mind of Einstein, written for the curious and intelligent reader.


Einstein Theory Historical Context Einstein and Cosmology Einstein and Positivism Einstein's Cosmic Model Einstein's Influences Einstein's Relativity Theory Einstein's Thought Experiment General Relativity Theory Special Relativity Theory Unified Field Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • David Topper
    • 1
  1. 1.WinnipegCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-4781-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-4782-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0067-0057
  • About this book
Industry Sectors