Time's 'Man of the Century', Albert Einstein is the unquestioned founder of modern physics. 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 which 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.

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PART I The Special Theory of Relativity

chapter 2|3 pages

The System of Co-ordinates

chapter 3|2 pages

Space and Time in Classical Mechanics

chapter 4|1 pages

The Galileian System of Co-ordinates

chapter 8|3 pages

On the Idea of Time in Physics

chapter 9|2 pages

The Relativity of Simultaneity

chapter 11|4 pages

The Lorentz Transformation

chapter 15|4 pages

General Results of the Theory

chapter 17|2 pages

Minkowski’s Four-dimensional Space

part |1 pages

Part II: The General Theory of Relativity

chapter 19|2 pages

The Gravitational Field

chapter 24|3 pages

Euclidean and non-Euclidean Continuum

chapter 25|3 pages

Gaussian Co-ordinates

part |1 pages

PART III Considerations on the Universe as a Whole