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Einstein's magnum opus

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Science  25 Aug 2017:
Vol. 357, Issue 6353, pp. 763
DOI: 10.1126/science.aao0440

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On the centenary of general relativ­ity, physicist Hanoch Gutfreund and historian Jürgen Renn published The Road to Relativity, a facsimile of Albert Einstein’s 1915–1916 Ger­man manuscript with an English translation and page-by-page commentary placing this seminal work in its historical and scientific context. Their new book, The Formative Years of Relativity, discusses in detail—yet deliberately without mathemat­ics—general relativity’s development up to the early 1930s, focusing mainly on Ein­stein’s lectures at Princeton in May 1921.