Downloads: 685 Views: 1401
It is a century since one of the icons of modern physics submitted some of the most influential scientific papers of all times in a few months; and it is fifty years since he died. There is no question that Albert Einstein with his work on relativity and quantum theory has marked the development of physics indelibly. To reappraise his lifework forces one to rethink the whole of physics, before and after him. The aim of the present book is to contribute to this daunting task. Though not an encyclopedic work, it tries to provide a perspective on the history of physics from the late 19th century to today, by taking the series of groundbreaking and sometimes provocative contributions by Einstein as the demarcation line between the “old” and the “new” physics.