How Einstein Created Relativity out of Physics and Astronomy
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. Treading a fine line between the popular and technical (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.
Presents Einstein's scientific work in a larger historical context, which goes beyond existing biographies Contributes to a deeper understanding of theory of relativity by tracing step-by-step the development of physical concepts by the works of Galileo, Newton, Faraday, Maxwell, Mach and others Covers all aspects of relativity theory (special and general), as well as cosmology, the unified field theory quest and Einstein’s dispute over quantum physics