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Albert Einstein

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A selection of English language books:

The Einsteinian Revolution: The Historical Roots of His Breakthroughs

How the Einsteinian revolution can be understood as the result of a long-term evolution of science

Authors: Jürgen Renn, Hanoch Gutfreund
Hardcover, Pages 272, 7 b/w illus., ISBN: 9780691168760
Published 2024, Princeton University Press, Princeton – New Jersey

“The revolution that emerged from Albert Einstein’s work in the early twentieth century transformed our understanding of space, time, motion, gravity, matter, and radiation. Beginning with Einstein’s miracle year of 1905 and continuing through his development of the theory of general relativity, Einstein spurred a revolution that continues to reverberate in modern-day physics. In The Einsteinian Revolution, Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn trace the century-long transformation of classical physics and argue that the revolution begun by Einstein was in fact the result of a long-term evolution. Describing the origins and context of Einstein’s innovative research, Gutfreund and Renn work to dispel the popular myth of Einstein as a lone genius who brought about a revolution in physics through the power of his own pure thought. We can only understand the birth of modern physics, they say, if we understand the long history of the evolution of knowledge.

Gutfreund and Renn outline the essential structures of the knowledge system of classical physics on which Einstein drew. Examining Einstein’s discoveries from 1905 onward, they describe the process by which new concepts arose and the basis of modern physics emerged. These transformations continued, eventually resulting in the establishment of quantum physics and general relativity as the two major conceptual frameworks of modern physics—and its two unreconciled theoretical approaches. Gutfreund and Renn note that Einstein was dissatisfied with this conceptual dichotomy and began a search for a unified understanding of physics—a quest that continued for the rest of his life.”

Source: Princeton University Press

The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: South America, 1925

A marvelously annotated and illustrated edition of Einstein’s South America travel diary

Edited by Ze’ev Rosenkranz
Hardcover, Pages 288, ISBN: 9780691201023
2023, Princeton University Press, Princeton – New Jersey

“In the spring of 1925, Albert Einstein embarked on an extensive lecture tour of Argentina before continuing on to Uruguay and Brazil. In his travel diary, the preeminent scientist and humanitarian icon recorded his immediate impressions and broader reflections on the people he encountered and the locations he visited. Some of the most confounding passages reveal his uncensored views on his host nations. This edition makes available the complete journal Einstein kept on his three-month journey.

In these remarkable pages, Einstein enthuses about the stunning vistas of lush vegetation in Rio de Janeiro. His flight in the skies over Buenos Aires thrills him, and he enjoys the cozy atmosphere of Montevideo. He expresses genuine admiration for the Uruguayans, harsh condescension toward the Argentinians, and ambivalent affection for the Brazilians. The illustrious visitor seeks calm refuge on the long ocean voyages, far from the madding crowds of Europe, but the grueling lecture schedule and the adoration of the local masses exhaust him.

This edition features stunning facsimiles of the diary’s pages accompanied by an English translation, an extensive historical introduction, numerous illustrations, and editorial annotations. Supplementary materials include letters, postcards, statements, and speeches as well as a chronology, a bibliography, and an index.”

Source: Princeton University Press

Einstein in Bohemia

A finely drawn portrait of Einstein’s sixteen months in Prague

Author: Michael D. Gordin
Paperback, Pages 360, ISBN: 9780691203829
Published 2022, Princeton University Press, Princeton – New Jersey

“In the spring of 1911, Albert Einstein moved with his wife and two sons to Prague, the capital of Bohemia, where he accepted a post as a professor of theoretical physics. Though he intended to make Prague his home, he lived there for just sixteen months, an interlude that his biographies typically dismiss as a brief and inconsequential episode. Einstein in Bohemia is a spellbinding portrait of the city that touched Einstein’s life in unexpected ways and of the gifted young scientist who left his mark on the science, literature, and politics of Prague.

Michael Gordin’s narrative is a masterfully crafted account of a person encountering a particular place at a specific moment in time. Despite being heir to almost a millennium of history, Einstein’s Prague was a relatively marginal city within the sprawling Austro-Hungarian Empire. Yet Prague, its history, and its multifaceted culture changed the trajectories of Einstein’s personal and scientific life. It was here that his marriage unraveled, where he first began thinking seriously about his Jewish identity, and where he embarked on the project of general relativity. Prague was also where he formed lasting friendships with novelist Max Brod, Zionist intellectual Hugo Bergmann, physicist Philipp Frank, and other important figures.

Einstein in Bohemia sheds light on this transformative period of Einstein’s life and career, and brings vividly to life a beguiling city in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.”

Source: Princeton University Press

Einstein on Einstein
Autobiographical and Scientific Reflections

Authors: Jürgen Renn, Hanoch Gutfreund
Published 2020, Princeton University Press, Princeton – New Jersey

Einstein on the Run
How Britain Saved the World’s Greatest Scientist

Author: Andrew Robinson
2019, Yale University Press, New Haven and London

Einstein 2020 calendar

Original Browntrout-calendar
Published 2019, Browntrout

Willem de Sitter
Einstein’s Friend and Opponent

Author: Jan Guichelaar
Published 2018, Springer-Verlag

Einstein 2019 calendar

Original Browntrout-calendar
Published 2018, Browntrout

The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein
The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922 – 1923

Edited by Ze’ev Rosenkranz
Published 2018, Princeton University Press, Princeton – New Jersey

The Formative Years of Relativity
The History and Meaning of Einstein’s Princeton Lectures

Authors: Hanoch Gutfreund, Jürgen Renn
Published 2017, Princeton University Press, Princeton-New Jersey

Einstein 2018 calendar

Original Browntrout-calendar
Published 2017, Browntrout

An Einstein Encyclopedia

Authors: Alice Calaprice, Daniel Kennefick, Robert Schulmann
Published 2015, Princeton University Press, Princeton-New Jersey

Einstein 2013 calendar

Original Browntrout-calendar
Published 2012, Verlagshaus Würzburg – Browntrout – Stürtz, Würzburg

Einstein on the Road

Author: Josef Eisinger
Published 2011, Prometheus Books, Amherst, New York

The Practical Einstein
Experiments, Patents, Inventions

Author: József Illy
Published 2012, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore – Maryland

Einstein Before Israel:
Zionist Icon or Iconoclast?

Author: Ze’ev Rosenkranz
Published 2011, Princeton University Press, Princeton-New Jersey

Einstein: His Life and Universe.

Author: Walter Isaacson
Published 2008, Simon & Schuster Paperbacks, New York

Albert Einstein: The Persistent Illusion of Transience.

Editors: Ze’ev Rosenkranz, Barbara Wolff
Published 2007, Magnes Press, Jerusalem

Albert Meets America
How Journalists Treated Genius during Einstein’s 1921 Travels

Editor: József Illy
Published 2006, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore – Maryland

Einstein, Anschütz and the Kiel Gyro Compass.

Editors: Dieter Lohmeier and Bernhardt Schell,
Published 2005, Raytheon Anschütz GmbH, Kiel

Albert Einstein: “Those Happy Bernese Years”.

Authors: Ann M. Hentschel, Gerd Graßhoff
Published 2005, Staempfli Publishers Ldt., Bern


Albert Einstein 1879-1955. “… anbei etwas handschriftliches von mir …”. Author: Hans-Josef Küpper

Published 1998, second revised and supplemented edition, 32 pages, 21cm, Albert Einstein-Society, Bern, in German only.

Review:

by Bernd Platte, Ludwigshafen / Germany, committee member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Autographensammler (AdA) in Germany, 1998

This small booklet contains a nice selection of Einstein autographs of variable importance. Inside you will discover not only the manuscript page showing the most well-known equation in physics: E=mc2. Also you will find Einstein’s famous letter to Roosevelt – one can scarcely imagine a history book without it – as well as letters which are likely to be unknown to most readers. Einstein’s letter to Thomas Mann on April 23, 1933, written in Ostend, to my knowledge has never been printed before.

Cover, Albert Einstein 1879-1955

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Cover, GELEGENTLICHES

GELEGENTLICHES (MISCELLANEOUS)

Author: Albert Einstein

Published in 1929, 1st and only edition, 34 pages, 22 cm, „Soncino-Gesellschaft der Freunde des jüdischen Buches“ (Soncino Society of Friends of Jewish Books), Berlin

On the occasion of the 50th birthday of Albert Einstein (March 14, 1929) this book was published by the Soncino Society of Friends of Jewish Books. It was published as a unique edition of 800 copies as private print in German.

The preface says:

“… The following pages contain some comments – most of them letters – of Albert Einstein, who knows to find remarkable words out of the depth of his wonderful rich personality – even when it comes to seemingly remote areas. Exactly this private Einstein who also takes part in the time and the people of today even beyond his area, who is miles apart from being a scientific solitary person, do we get to know in this his transcripts which were caused by outer events and occasions.”

Very rare!

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