Books et al.Relativity

The eclipse that made Einstein famous

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Science  10 May 2019:
Vol. 364, Issue 6440, pp. 537
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax1447

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Relativity's relationship with the first world war and the story of the eclipse that confirmed a key component of Einstein's theory are the subject of two remarkable books published for the centenary of the latter's observations. No Shadow of a Doubt by physicist and Einstein scholar Daniel Kennefick is intended more for academics than for general readers, with far more technical detail on the eclipse observations than Einstein's War by historian of science and Eddington scholar Matthew Stanley. His book skillfully interweaves the lives of Einstein and Eddington into a readable narrative.