Relativity: The Special and the General Theory

by Albert Einstein

  • Category Non-Fiction
  • Format Paperack
  • Imprint Rupa
  • Price 195
  1. ISBN: 978-81-291-4743-1
  2. Pages: 166 pages
  3. Date: June 2017


Along with quantum mechanics in the 1920s, Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity (1905) and General Theory of Relativity (1916) stand as the supreme achievements of twentieth-century physics.

In simplest terms, the theory of Relativity is an approach to the measurement and study of space and time. The theory assumes that findings are based upon the relation of the frame of reference to the objects measured. The Special Theory of Relativity is primarily concerned with electric and magnetic phenomena. The General Theory focuses on gravity—not as a force as Newton postulated—but as a curved field in the space-time continuum, created by the presence of mass.

Redesigned to present an easier reading, Relativity includes both explanatory illustrations and mathematical derivations of Einstein’s theories. This book brings out the great scientist’s remarkable ability to penetrate directly into the heart of the subject and yet remain lucid and accessible.


Born in 1879 in Germany, Albert Einstein became an American citizen in 1940. Winning the 1941 Nobel Prize for Physics, Einstein is known for his famous Theory of Relativity. His theories have remarkably shaped the atomic age, especially during World War II. He died in 1955, leaving behind profound and far-reaching implications of his work.

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