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**eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971** *****These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!***** Title: Relativity: The Special and General Theory Author: Albert Einstein Release Date: February, 2004 [EBook #5001] [Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule] [This file was first posted on April 1, 2002]

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Edition: 10 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK, RELATIVITY *** ALBERT EINSTEIN REFERENCE ARCHIVE RELATIVITY: THE SPECIAL AND GENERAL THEORY

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BY ALBERT EINSTEIN Written: 1916 (this revised edition: 1924) Source: Relativity: The Special and General Theory (1920) Publisher: Methuen & Co Ltd First Published: December, 1916 Translated: Robert W. Lawson (Authorised translation) Transcription/Markup: Brian Basgen <brian@marxists.org> Transcription to text: Gregory B. Newby <gbnewby@petascale.org> Copyleft: Einstein Reference Archive (marxists.org) 1999, 2002. Permission is granted to copy and/or distribute

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this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License (end of this file) The Einstein Reference Archive is online at: http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/einstein/ind Transcriber note: This file is a plain text rendition of HTML. Because many equations cannot be presented effectively in plain text, images are supplied for many equations and for all figures and tables. CONTENTS

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Preface

Part I: The Special Theory of Relativity 10

Part I: The Special Theory of Relativity


01. Physical Meaning of Geometrical Propositions 02. The System of Co-ordinates 03. Space and Time in Classical Mechanics 04. The Galileian System of Coordinates 05. The Principle of Relativity (in the Restricted Sense) 06. The Theorem of the Addition of Velocities employed in Classical Mechanics 07. The Apparent Incompatability of the Law of Propagation of Light with the