Einstein’s Theories of Relativity and Gravitation: A Selection of Material from the Essays Submitted in the Competition for the Eugene Higgins Prize of $5,000. ALBERT EINSTEIN, J. MALCOLM BIRD.

Einstein’s Theories of Relativity and Gravitation: A Selection of Material from the Essays Submitted in the Competition for the Eugene Higgins Prize of $5,000

“In November, 1919, the world was startled by the announcement from London that examination of the photographs taken during the total solar eclipse of May 29th had been concluded, and that predictions based upon the Einstein theories of relativity had been verified... Long cable dispatches were carried in the news columns all over the world; Einstein and his theories were given a prominent place on the front pages day after day; leading scientists in great number were called upon to tell the public through the reportorial medium just what the excitement was all about, just in what way the classical scientific structure had been overthrown...”

SIGNED BY EINSTEIN ON THE TITLE-PAGE: “Albert Einstein”. Second Revised Edition.

A collection of essays, along with substantial introductory material by J. Malcolm Bird and other editors of Scientific American, focusing on Einstein’s General Relativity. Written in the wake of the excitement following Arthur Eddington’s empirical evidence for the validity of Einstein’s theory.

New York: Scientific American Publishing Co. 1922. Octavo, original brown cloth with blind embossed cover graphic depicting Eddington's experiment proving Einstein's theory of general relativity; custom box. Frontispiece portrait. Neat bookplate on the front pastedown. A previous owner has added the printed patch to the title page: "1. The Theory of Relativity" and a picture of Einstein at the base of the copyright page. A very good copy with general wear. EXTREMELY RARE SIGNED.

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