Item #CNAP071 The Theory of Relativity. Albert Einstein.

The Theory of Relativity

San Francisco: The Arion Press, 2005. 10-1/2 by 8 inches, eighty pages. Printed by letterpress from lead-alloy type cast in the Mackenzie & Harris typefoundry, the formulas were set by hand, as was the display type, while the prose was composed and cast in Monotype. The types are Modern for the text, with special characters as needed for mathematical symbols; Egyptian for the interspersed annotations, printed in blue; and Lining Gothic for display. The paper is Schiller, a German mouldmade sheet. A pixelated portrait of Einstein is the frontispiece. This image is based on a photograph taken about 1910, rendered as a coarse halftone for reference, then handset in units of six-point type: three sizes of solid squares and one centered dot. Over 4,000 pieces of type make up the picture. The portrait is printed in gray, as is the famous equation: E=mc2, which appears on the flyleaves. The binding is dark blue cloth over boards with a band of tie-dyed Thai paper to create an unusual spatial effect spanning the cover diagonally. The titling on the spine is stamped in silver foil. The edition is limited to 400 numbered copies for sale. New. Item #CNAP071

One of the great achievements in science, Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity was set forth in two papers published in the Leipzig physics journal Annalen der Physik in 1905. The German text was translated into English in 1923 by W. Perrett and G. B. Jeffrey, and this is the version, with some later corrections, that is presented in this book.

The Einstein papers are annotated by Richard Muller, who has also provided a foreword and afterword. The foreword gives a general overview of the problems Einstein addressed against the background of nineteenth-century physics. The afterword carries the story from the miraculous year of 1905, when Einstein was only twenty-six, through the effects of the theory on twentieth-century science. Muller conjectures on the progress of physics had Einstein not appeared and considers his career as a whole, its last thirty-five years devoted mainly to an unsuccessful attempt to create a unified field theory.

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Price: $500.00

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