|About the Book|
In 1905, Albert Einstein published five scientific articles that fundamentally changed the world-view of physics: The Special Theory of Reativity revolutionized our concept of space and time, E=mcA became the best-known equation in physics. On the occasion of the 100th aniversary of his annus mirabilis 1905, the UNESCO declared the year 2005 the World Year of Physics, in order to draw attention to the impact of physics. The Max Planck Institute for the history of science dedicates an exhibition in the Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin to the probably most important scientist of the 20th century.In this book, 100 authors explain the historical background of Einsteins life and work, shed light on many different aspects of his biography, and on the scientific fields and topics that are connected to Einsteins work. The authors are some of the most renowned Einstein researchers in the world, such as JA1/4rgen Ehlers, Peter Galison, Zeev Rosenkranz, John Stachel and Robert Schulmann.The essays form a bridge between scientific and cultural history, opening up a perspective on Einsteins biography which goes beyond the traditional picture of the exceptional science genius.