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Albert Einstein - Chief Engineer of the Universe 2 Volume Set

Jurgen Renn (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-40571-8
816 pages
December 2005
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In 1905, Albert Einstein published five scientific articles that fundamentally changed the world-view of physics: The Special Theory of Reativity revolutionized our concept of space and time, E=mc˛ became the best-known equation in physics.
On the occasion of the 100th aniversary of Einstein's "annus mirabilis" 1905, the UNESCO declared the year 2005 the "World Year of Physics", in order to draw attention to the impact of physics. The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science dedicates an exhibition to the easily most important scientist of the 20th century.
The exhibition is accompanied by a two-volume catalogue . The elaborate, four-colour first volume (Albert Einstein - Chief Engineer of the Universe: Einstein's Life and Work in Context) mirrors the structure of the exhibition, containing detailed, easy-to-understand information on the three large exhibition areas
- World-view and discovery
- Einstein - his life
- Einstein's world today.
On the basis of Einstein's innovative theoretical work, the text explains changing historical world-views as well as the conditions under which science develops, shedding light on the bumpy path of Einstein's life and the political and social revolutions which formed its background. This bridge between scientific and cultural history opens up a perspective on Einstein's biography which goes far beyond the traditional picture of this exceptional science genius.
The book concludes with a depiction of the effects of Einstein's work on today's science and culture. A DVD with animations and film sequences from the exhibition is enclosed.
The second volume is a bilingual collection of source material (Documents of a Life's Pathway/Dokumente eines Lebensweges). Letters and manuscripts by Einstein as well as photographs of people and objects are reproduced in high quality and invite the reader to study the exhibition's sources more intensively.
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1.) World-view and discovery
Invisible forces
Wonderous metamorphoses
Demons and ghosts
Mass - energy conversion
The Invisible around us
Gravity and inertia
Light as invisible force
The power of the Invisible
Models of the cosmos
The Earth is round
Progress into Infinity
Belief in movement is shaken
Belief in space is shaken
The history of the world
2.) Einstein - his life
Physics at the end of the 19th century
Main fields of classical physics
Border problems
A childhood
The family
Childhood and adolescence in Germany and Italy
The revolution
University years in Switzerland
The Patent Office
The "Akademie Olympia"
Einstein's early works
Revolution in science
On a heuristic viewpoint concerning the creation and conversion of light
On the movement of particles suspended in resting liquids, as postulated by the molecular kinetic heat theory.
On the electrodynamics of moving bodies
Completion and Reaction
Theory of Relativity
Confirmation of the Special Theory of Relativity
The Principle of Equivalence
Curved space
The evolution of the General Theory of Relativity
Verification of the General Theory of Relativity through experiment
Opposition against the Theory of Relativity
Quantum Theory
Theory of Specific Heat
The controversy over the light quantum hypothesis
Theory of Stimulated Emission
Quantum theory of the atom
Quantum mechanics and Einstein's reaction
Einstein-Podolski-Rosen paradox
Einstein and politics: the First World War
A liberal leftist in the Weimar Republic
Science at the abyss
Unified field theory
Rise of the National Socialists, deprivation of citizenship and expropriation of the Einstein family
Life in exile
Assistance for emigrants
The atom bomb project
World government
The fight for civil rights
3.) Einstein's world today
Special Theory of Relativity
Michelson experiment
Sagnac effect
General Theory of Relativity
Principle of equivalence
Black holes
Gravitation Lenses
Gravitation Waves
Cosmological Constant
Hawking Radiation
Quantum Theory
Einstein-Podolski-Rosen paradox and interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
Unification of the theories
String Theory
Quantum Loop Theory
The goal of physics
What is science?
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Professor Jürgen Renn is director at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. His research focuses primarily on the emergence of mechanics in antiquity, the interaction between practical and theoretical knowledge since the Renaissance, the transition from classical to modern physics, the development of the theory of relativity, and the application of new media to the history of science. Professor Renn is coordinator of the exhibition 'Albert Einstein - Chief Engineer of the Universe' 2005 in Berlin.
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"This volume is a thoroughly enjoyable ramble through the scientific, societal, historical and political landscape that formed both the man and his work."
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