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- DescriptionMuch of the history of physics at the beginning of the twentieth century has been written with a sharp focus on a few key figures and a handful of table events. Einstein's Generation offers a distinctive new approach to the origins of modern physics by exploring both the material culture that stimulated relativity and the reaction of Einstein's colleagues to his pioneering work.Richard Staley weaves together the diverse strands of experimental and theoretical physics, commercial instrument making, and the sociology of physics around 1900 to present a complete view of the collective efforts of a group whose work helped set the stage for Einstein's revolutionary theories and the transition from classical to modern physics that followed. Collecting papers, talks, catalogues, conference proceedings, and correspondence, Staley juxtaposes scientists' views of relativity at the time to modern understandings of its history. Ultimately, Einstein's Generation tells the story of a group of individuals whose work engendered some of the most significant advances of the twentieth century - and challenges our celebration of Einstein's era above all others.
- Author BiographyRichard Staley is assistant professor in the Department of the History of Science at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
- Author(s)Richard Staley
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication02/06/2009
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note29 halftones, 16 line drawings
- Weight658 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine30 mm
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