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- DescriptionThis book focuses on the Einstein Tower, an architecturally historic observatory built in Potsdam in 1920 to allow the German astromer Erwin Finlay Freundlich to attempt to verify experimentally Einstein's general theory of relativity. Freundlich, who was the first German astromer to show a genuine interest in Einstein's theory, managed to interest his architect friend Erich Mendelsohn in designing this unique building. Freundlich's researches were t a success; he came to doubt the very theory he was attempting to prove. (Adequate techlogy to test Einstein's theory lay many decades in the future.) By contrast, as an experiment in modernist architecture, the building led to international fame for Mendelsohn. To develop a full historical picture of this moment in the history of science, the book interweaves several descriptive levels: the biography of Freundlich; the social context in which he interacted with teachers, co-workers, students, his patrons (including Einstein), and scientific opponents; the cognitive aspects of his attempts to verify Einstein's theory; the political milieu within the Berlin scientific research community; and a cross-national comparison of astrophysics. Other layers of the narrative include the place of the Einstein Tower in architectural history; ecomics and sociopsychological components of the Tower's financing and construction; the reception of the Tower and the theory; a historical examination of the Tower's research results; and the effect on Freundlich and on the work at the Tower of the National Socialists' rise to power.
- Author BiographyKlaus Hentschel is Assistant Professor at the Institute for the History of Science at the University of Gottingen and a fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for 1996/97.
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication01/08/1997
- SubjectAstronomy, Space & Time
- Series TitleWriting Science
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Content Note50 half-tones
- Weight522 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Translated byDr. Klaus Hentschel
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