## RelativityTime magazine's "Man of the Century", Albert Einstein is the founder of modern physics and his theory of relativity is the most important scientific idea of the modern era. In this short book, Einstein explains, using the minimum of mathematical terms, the basic ideas and principles of the theory that has shaped the world we live in today. Unsurpassed by any subsequent books on relativity, this remains the most popular and useful exposition of Einstein's immense contribution to human knowledge. With a new foreword by Derek Raine. |

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Part II The General Theory of Relativity | 59 |

Part III Considerations on the Universe as a Whole | 105 |

Appendices | 117 |

Bibliography | 159 |

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acceleration according æther behaviour body of reference chest classical mechanics co-ordinate system concept of space consideration considered corresponding definition disc distance earth eclipse Einstein electrodynamics electromagnetic embankment energy equations equivalence Euclidean continuum Euclidean geometry existence experience fact finite fixed stars fundamental Galileian reference-body Galileian system Gauss Gaussian co-ordinates generalisation gravitational field gravitational mass H. A. Lorentz hypothesis idea imagine independent inertial mass inertial system infinite laws of nature light in vacuo Lorentz transformation magnitude manner marble slab material points mathematical matter means measured Minkowski Newtonian objects observer obtained oflight physical physicists plane position possible principle of relativity propagation of light radius railway carriage ray of light reality regard result Riemann condition rigid body rotation satisfy Section simultaneous space co-ordinates space-time continuum special theory spectral lines spherical straight line surface system of co-ordinates theoretical theory of relativity three-dimensional tion universe validity velocity of light