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Special and General Relativity

Introduction by Martin Counihan

Special and General Relativity by Albert Einstein contains his core paper, 'Relativity, The Special & The General Theory. A Popular Exposition', which established his reputation as one of the greatest thinkers of our and perhaps any age. Also included are the four lectures he gave to explain his findings in more detail: 'The Meaning of Relativity'.

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A German mathematician and physicist who developed the special and general theories of relativity. In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize for physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. In the following decade, he immigrated to the U.S. after being targeted by the Nazis. His work also had a major impact on the development of atomic energy. In his later years, Einstein focused on unified field theory. With his passion for inquiry, Einstein is generally considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century.