Einstein A Hundred Years of Relativity

ISBN13: 9780691169897

PB - 260 x 200 mm

Approx 150 photographs, manuscripts and diagrams


eBook: 9781786750198


Rights: World

Rights Sold: World English, Brazil,

China - simplified,  China – complex, 

Croatia, France, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan

Market: Physics, Popular Science


A Hundred Years of Relativity
by Andrew Robinson

The book

Albert Einstein's universal appeal is only partially explained by his brilliant work in physics, as Andrew Robinson demonstrates in this authoritative, accessible, and richly illustrated biography. The main narrative is enriched by twelve essays by well-known scientists, scholars, and artists, including three Nobel Laureates. The book presents clearly the beautiful simplicity at the heart of Einstein's greatest discoveries, and explains how his ideas have continued to influence scientific developments such as lasers, the theory of the big bang, and "theories of everything." Outside of science, this book includes his encounters with contemporaries such as Chaplin, Roosevelt, and Tagore, his love of music, and his troubled family life, and recognizes that Einstein's striking originality was expressed in many ways, from his political and humanitarian campaigns against nuclear weapons, anti-Semitism, McCarthyism, and social injustices, to his unconventional personal appearance.

Published in association with the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the book draws on this exceptional resource of Einstein's private papers and personal photographs.

This new edition, celebrates the centenary of the publication of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and includes an important new afterword by Diana Kormos Buchwald, the director of the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology.

The contributors are Philip Anderson, Arthur C. Clarke, I. Bernard Cohen, Freeman Dyson, Philip Glass, Stephen Hawking, Max Jammer, Diana Kormos Buchwald, João Magueijo, Joseph Rotblat, Robert Schulmann, and Steven Weinberg.


Andrew Robinson is the author of some 25 books, written for both general and academic readers, covering three main areas: science and the history of science; archaeology, scripts and decipherment; and the history and culture of India. From 1994–2006, he was literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement in London, and is currently a regular writer for newspapers, magazines and journals, including BBC Focus, The Lancet and Nature. A King’s Scholar of Eton College, he holds degrees from Oxford University (in science) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and has been a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.