
The Dover Math and Science Newsletter 
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May 16, 2011 



Einstein and Relativity 
Dover's publishing history with Einstein and Relativity goes back almost to the start of the science publishing program when we were able in the early 1950s to acquire the rights to Einstein's 1923 collection of the basic papers on the subject, published by Dover in 1952 under the title The Principle of Relativity and in print ever since, now coming up on it's 60th anniversary as a Dover book. 
Our publishing on relativity since than has covered a wide range of approaches and levels, from a few of the best popular books on the subject, Martin Gardner's Relativity Simply Explained, Stan Gibilisco's Understanding Einstein's Theories of Relativity, Rudy Rucker's Geometry, Relativity and the Fourth Dimension and, most recently, Lincoln Barnett's 1948 classic, The Universe and Dr. Einstein, a book which has the enviable reputation even today as being one of the books which over its long life first introduced many younger readers to the fascinations of science. 
Beyond the books for general readers, we have also reprinted many college and graduatelevel texts and specialized treatments, from books by Einstein's peers and colleagues such as two by Nobel Prize winners  Max Born's Einstein's Theory of Relativity and Wolfgang Pauli's Theory of Relativity  to Peter Bergmann's widely used text Introduction to the Theory of Relativity and Roberto Torretti's unique advanced study, Relativity and Geometry. There are many more in the complete catalogue of Dover books in science, and no doubt many more beyond these still to come. 






The Principle of Relativity 

Around 1950, Hayward Cirker, Founder and President of Dover Publications, wrote to Einstein and asked his approval to proceed with a Dover paperback reprint of the 1923 collection of original papers on relativity by Einstein himself and others (H. A. Lorentz, H. Weyl, and H. Minkowski), which had originally been published in England. Einstein was reluctant, wondering how much interest there could possibly be in this relic of his work from 30 or more years earlier. Cirker persisted, and Einstein finally agreed. The Dover edition of The Theory of Relativity has been in print ever since and has been followed by many other Dover books on relativity. 
The papers reprinted in this original collection will always be for the serious student the cornerstone of their Einstein library: Michelson's Interference Experiment (H. A. Lorentz); Electromagnetic Phenomena in a System Moving with any Velocity Less Than That of Light (H.A. Lorentz); On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies (A. Einstein); Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon its Energy Content? (A. Einstein); Space and Time (H. Minkowksi with notes by A. Sommerfeld); On the Influence of Gravitation on the Propagation of Light (A. Einstein);The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein); Hamilton's Principle and The General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein); Cosmological Considerations on the General Theory of Relativity (A. Einstein); Do Gravitational Fields Play an Essential Part in the Structure of the Elementary Particles of Matter? (A. Einstein); and Gravitation and Electricity (H. Weyl). 





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