Celebrate Pi Day with Princeton University Press

Happy Pi Day, everyone!  In honor of the day, we’ve come up with a reading list that includes some of our favorite Einstein books at Princeton University Press, along with some free chapter excerpts. Celebrate Pi Day and Einstein’s birthday with a great book — we’ve got plenty to choose from!

j9268[1]Einstein’s Jury: The Race to Test Relativity
Jeffrey Crelinsten
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This book tells the dramatic story of how astronomers in Germany, England, and America competed to test Einstein’s developing theory of relativity.

The Ultimate Quotable Einstein
Collected and edited by Alice Calaprice
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“Without the belief that it is possible to grasp reality with our theoretical constructions, without the belief in the inner harmony of our world, there could be no science. This belief is and will remain the fundamental motive for all scientific creation.” 1938; p. 390
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The Meaning of Relativity, Fifth Edition: Including the Relativistic Theory of the Non-Symmetric Field
by Albert Einstein, with a new introduction by Brian Greene

E- StachelThe Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 13: The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, January 1922 – March 1923 (Documentary Edition)
Edited by Diana Kormos Buchwald, József Illy, Ze’ev Rosenkranz, & Tilman Sauer
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Here’s all of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein

Einstein’s Miraculous Year: Five Papers That Changed the Face of Physics
Edited and introduced by John Stachel
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Far more than just a collection of scientific articles, this book presents work that is among the high points of human achievement and marks a watershed in the history of science.

Albert Einstein, Mileva Maric: The Love Letters
Edited by Jürgen Renn & Robert Schulmann, Translated by Shawn Smith
Informative, entertaining, and often very moving, this collection of letters captures for scientists and general readers alike a little known yet crucial period in Einstein’s life.

EisenstaedtThe Curious History of Relativity: How Einstein’s Theory of Gravity Was Lost and Found Again
Jean Eisenstaedt
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Written with flair, this book poses – and answers – the difficult questions raised by Einstein’s magnificent intellectual feat.

Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture
Edited by Peter L. Galison, Gerald Holton & Silvan S. Schweber
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In this wide-ranging collection, eminent artists, historians, scientists, and social scientists describe Einstein’s influence on their work, and consider his relevance for the future.

GubserThe Little Book of String Theory
Steven S. Gubser
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A short, accessible, and entertaining introduction to one of the most talked-about areas of physics today.

The Nature of Space and Time
Stephen Hawking & Roger Penrose
Einstein said that the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible. But was he right? On this issue, two of the world’s most famous physicists – Stephen Hawking and Roger Penrose – disagree. Here they explain their positions in a work based on six lectures with a final debate.

kennTraveling at the Speed of Thought: Einstein and the Quest for Gravitational Waves
Daniel Kennefick
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Daniel Kennefick’s landmark book takes readers through the theoretical controversies and thorny debates that raged around the subject of gravitational waves after the publication of Einstein’s theory.

The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos
by Robert P. Kirshner
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One of the world’s leading astronomers, Robert Kirshner, takes readers inside a lively research team on the quest that led them to an extraordinary cosmological discovery: the expansion of the universe is accelerating under the influence of a dark energy that makes space itself expand.

maudlinQuantum Generations: A History of Physics in the Twentieth Century
Helge Kragh
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Combining a mastery of detail with a sure sense of the broad contours of historical change, Kragh has written a fitting tribute to the scientists who have played such a decisive role in the making of the modern world.

Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time
Tim Maudlin
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Tim Maudlin’s broad historical overview examines Aristotelian and Newtonian accounts of space and time, and traces how Galileo’s conceptions of relativity and space-time led to Einstein’s special and general theories of relativity.

RosenkranzIt’s About Time: Understanding Einstein’s Relativity
by N. David Mermin
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The book reveals that some of our most intuitive notions about time are shockingly wrong, and that the real nature of time discovered by Einstein can be rigorously explained without advanced mathematics.

Dynamics and Evolution of Galactic Nuclei
David Merritt
Deep within galaxies like the Milky Way, astronomers have found a fascinating legacy of Einstein’s general theory of relativity: supermassive black holes. This is the first comprehensive introduction to dynamical processes occurring in the vicinity of supermassive black holes in their galactic environment.

RoweEinstein Before Israel: Zionist Icon or Iconoclast?
by Ze’ev Rosenkranz
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Rosenkranz explores a host of fascinating questions, such as whether Zionists sought to silence Einstein’s criticism of their movement, whether Einstein was the real manipulator, and whether this Zionist icon was indeed a committed believer in Zionism or an iconoclast beholden to no one.

Einstein on Politics: His Private Thoughts and Public Stands on Nationalism, Zionism, War, Peace, and the Bomb
Edited by David E. Rowe & Robert Schulmann
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A vivid firsthand view of how one of the twentieth century’s greatest minds responded to the greatest political challenges of his day, this work will forever change our picture of Einstein’s public activism and private motivations.

zeeEinstein’s German World
Fritz Stern
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At once historical and personal, provocative and accessible, this book illuminates the issues that made Germany’s and Europe’s past and present so important in a tumultuous century of creativity and violence.

Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell
A. Zee
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This unique textbook provides an accessible introduction to Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a subject of breathtaking beauty and supreme importance in physics.
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