The Cambridge Companion to Einstein, Volume 1

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Michel Janssen, Christoph Lehner
Cambridge University Press, May 19, 2014 - History - 562 pages
This volume is the first systematic presentation of the work of Albert Einstein, comprised of fourteen essays by leading historians and philosophers of science that introduce readers to his work. Following an introduction that places Einstein's work in the context of his life and times, the book opens with essays on the papers of Einstein's "miracle year," 1905, covering Brownian motion, light quanta, and special relativity, as well as his contributions to early quantum theory and the opposition to his light quantum hypothesis. Further essays relate Einstein's path to the general theory of relativity (1915) and the beginnings of two fields it spawned, relativistic cosmology and gravitational waves. Essays on Einstein's later years examine his unified field theory program and his critique of quantum mechanics. The closing essays explore the relation between Einstein's work and twentieth-century philosophy, as well as his political writings.
 

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Contents

Einsteins Copernican Revolution
38
Einsteins Special Theory of Relativity and
72
Fluctuations
103
The Quantum Enigma
117
The Experimental Challenge of Light Quanta
143
Einsteins Quest
167
Einsteins Role in the Creation of Relativistic Cosmology
228
Einstein Gravitational Waves and the Theoreticians
270
Einstein and the Development of TwentiethCentury
354
Einstein and the Truly
377
Space Time and Geometry
398
Einsteins Politics
421
Special Relativity
455
Bibliography
507
Index
551
Copyright

Einsteins Realism and His Critique of Quantum
306

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About the author (2014)

Michel Janssen is a professor in the Program in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Before coming to Minnesota, he was a member of the editorial team of the Einstein Papers Project, then at Boston University. He has published extensively on the relativity and quantum revolutions of the early twentieth century.

Christoph Lehner is a research scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science and the coordinator of its project on the History and Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. He has been an editor at the Einstein Papers Project at Boston University and at the California Institute of Technology, and has been a scientific advisor for the 2005 exhibit instein, Chief Engineer of the Universe' in Berlin. The focus of his research is the history and philosophy of quantum theory.