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Volume 1 presents important new material on the young Einstein. Over half the documents made available here were discovered by the editors, including a significant group of over fifty letters that Einstein exchanged with Mileva Maric, his fellow student and future wife. These letters, together with other previously unpublished documents, provide an entirely new view of Einstein's youth. The documents in the volume also foreshadow the emergence of his extraordinary creative power. In them is manifested his intense commitment to scientific work and his interest in certain themes that proved to be central to his thinking during the next decade. We can follow, for example, the beginnings of his preoccupation with the electrodynamics of moving bodies that was to lead to the development of this special theory of relativity. For the first time it can be seen how closely he followed such contemporary developments in physics as Planck's work on radiation theory and Drude's work on the electron theory of metals. In addition to all of Einstein's known correspondence and other writings from this period, the volume includes the relevant portions of all third-party letters and other contemporary documents that provide additional information about his secondary schooling at the Aargau Cantonal School; his four years at the Swiss Federal Plytechnical School, or the ETH; and his search for a job after graduation. Included in the volume are those sections of an unpublished biography by Einstein's sister, Maja Winteler-Einstein, which deal with his early years; his extensive notes on a physics course he took at the ETH; and previously unpublished photographs of the young Einstein and his teachers and friends.

Documents in Volume 1 portray Einstein's experiences during the two stressful years after his graduation from the ETH in Zurich. Denied a position as an Assistant at the ETH, he lived a hand-to-mouth existence while he looked for a post at other universities; then he attempted to find a secondary-school post, and finally sought a nonacademic job. Tension with his parents over his plans to marry Mileva Maric is evident throughout this period. With the help of a friend, he finally found work at the Swiss Patent Office, the haven where he would spend the next seven years. Freed from his financial worries, he entered on one of the most productive periods of his life, as the next volume, Writings (1901-1910), will document.

Synopsis:

Volume 1 presents important new material on the young Einstein. Over half the documents made available here were discovered by the editors, including a significant group of over fifty letters that Einstein exchanged with Mileva Maric, his fellow student and future wife. These letters, together with other previously unpublished documents, provide an entirely new view of Einstein's youth. The documents in the volume also foreshadow the emergence of his extraordinary creative power. In them is manifested his intense commitment to scientific work and his interest in certain themes that proved to be central to his thinking during the next decade. We can follow, for example, the beginnings of his preoccupation with the electrodynamics of moving bodies that was to lead to the development of this special theory of relativity. For the first time it can be seen how closely he followed such contemporary developments in physics as Planck's work on radiation theory and Drude's work on the electron theory of metals. In addition to all of Einstein's known correspondence and other writings from this period, the volume includes the relevant portions of all third-party letters and other contemporary documents that provide additional information about his secondary schooling at the Aargau Cantonal School; his four years at the Swiss Federal Plytechnical School, or the ETH; and his search for a job after graduation. Included in the volume are those sections of an unpublished biography by Einstein's sister, Maja Winteler-Einstein, which deal with his early years; his extensive notes on a physics course he took at the ETH; and previously unpublished photographs of the young Einstein and his teachers and friends.

Documents in Volume 1 portray Einstein's experiences during the two stressful years after his graduation from the ETH in Zurich. Denied a position as an Assistant at the ETH, he lived a hand-to-mouth existence while he looked for a post at other universities; then he attempted to find a secondary-school post, and finally sought a nonacademic job. Tension with his parents over his plans to marry Mileva Maric is evident throughout this period. With the help of a friend, he finally found work at the Swiss Patent Office, the haven where he would spend the next seven years. Freed from his financial worries, he entered on one of the most productive periods of his life, as the next volume, Writings (1901-1910), will document.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Foreword xi

List of Texts xv

List of Illustrations xxi

INTRODUCTORY MARTERIAL

General Information xxvii

Editorial Method xxx

Introduction to Volume 1 xxxv

Acknowledgments xlii

List of Location Symbols xlv

List of Descriptive Symbols xlvii

"Albert Einstein--Betrag für sein Lebensbid" (Excerpt) by Maja Winteler-Einstein xlviii

Map 2

LIST OF TEXTS

1. Birth Certificate, 15 March 1879 1

2. Pauline Einstein to Fanny Einstein, 1 August 1886 3

3. Comment on the Proof of a Theorem, 1891-1895 3

4. Two Philosophical Comments, 1891-1895 4

Editorial Note: Einstein's First Scientific Essay 5

5. "On the Investigation of the State of the Ether in a 6

Magnetic Field," Summer? 1895

6. To Caesar Koch, Summer 1895 9

Editorial Note: ETH Entrance Examination and Aargau Kantonsschule 10

7. Albin Herzog to Gustav Maier, 25 September 1895 12

8. Entrance Report of the Gewerbeschule Aargau Kantonsschule, ca. 26 October 1895 13

9. Gustav Mier to Jost Winteler 26 October 1895 14

10. Aargau Kantonsschule Record, 26 October 1895 3 October 1896 15

11. Hermann Einstein to Jost Winteler, 29 October 1895 17

12. Minutes of the Teachers' Conference, Aargau Kantonsschule, 8 November 1895 18

13. Jost Winteler to Gustav Maier, 21 December 1895 18

14. Hermann Einstein to Jost Winteler, 30 December 1895 19

15. Pauline Einstein to the Winteler Family, 30 December 1895 19

16. Release from Württemberg Citizenship, 28 January 1896 20

17. Inspector's Report on a Music Examination, Aargau Kantonsschule, ca. 31 March 1896 21

18. To Marie Winteler, with a Postscript by Pauline Einstein, 21 April 1896 21

19. Final Grades, Aargau Kantonsschule, 5 September 1896 23

Editorial Note: Matura Examinations at the Gewerbeschule, Aargau Kantonsschule 23

20. To the Department of Education, Canton of Aargau, 7 September 1896 25

21. Matura Examination (A) German: "Synopsis of Goethe's Götz von Berlichingen," 18 September 1896 25

22. Matura Examination (B) French: "My Future Plans," 18 September 1896 28

23. Matura Examination (C) Geometry, 19 September 1896 29

24. Matura Examination (D) Physics: "Tangent Galvanometer and Galvanometer," 19 September 1896 32

25. Matura Examination (E) Natural History: "Evidence of the Earlier Glaciation of Our Country," 21 September 1896 35

26. Matura Examination (F) Algebra, 21 September 1896 39

27. Matura Examination (G) Chemistry, 21 September 1896 41

Editorial Note: The Swiss Federal Polytechnical School (ETH) 43

28. ETH Record and Grade Transcript, 5-10 October 1896 2 August 1900 45

29. From Marie Winteler, 4-25 November 1896 50

30. From Marie Winteler, 30 November 1896 52

31. Pauline Einstein to Marie Winteler, 13 December 1896 53

32. Pauline Einstein to Marie Winteler, 24 March 1897 54

33. Statement of a Fine, 23-28 April 1897 54

34. To Pauline Winteler, May? 1897 55

35. To Pauline Winteler, 7 June 1897 57

36. From Mileva Marić, after 20 October 1897 58

Editorial Note: Einstein as a Student of Physics, and His Notes on H. F. Weber's Course 60

37. H. F. Weber's Lectures on Physics, ca. December 1897-ca. June 1898 63

38. To Maja Einstein, 1898 211

To Mileva Marić, 2 January 1898 [envelope only] 211

39. To Mileva Marić, 16 February 1898 211

40. To Mileva Marić, 16 April-8 November 1898 213

41. To Mileva Marić, after 16 April 1898 213

42. Jérôum;me Franel to Hermann Bleuler, 21 October 1898 214

43. To Mileva Marić, after 28 November 1898 215

44. To Maja Einstein, after February 1899 215

45. To Mileva Marić, 13 or 20 March 1899 215

46. To Rosa Winteler, 29 April 1899 217

47. To Rosa Winteler, 18 May 1899 218

48. To Julia Niggli, 28 July 1899 218

49. Verse in the Album of Anna Schmid, August 1899 220

50. To Mileva Marić, early August 1899 220

51. To Julia Niggli, 6? August 1899 221

Editorial Note: E~nstetin on the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies 223

52. To Mileva Marić, 10? August 1899 225

53. From Mileva Marić, after 10 August-before 10 September 1899 228

54. To Mileva Marić, 10 September 1899 229

55. To Julia Niggli, 11 September 1899 231

56. To Pauline Winteler, 11 September 1899 232

57. To Mileva Marić, 28? September 1899 233

Editorial Note: Einstein on Thermal, Electrical, and Radiation Phenomena 235

58. To Mileva Marić, 10 October 1899 237

Ediitorial Note: Swiss Citizenship 239

59. Municipal Certificate of Residence and Good Conduct, 18 October 1899 241

60. To the Swiss Federal Council, 19 October 1899 242

61. From Mileva Marić, 1900? 242

62. To the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, 28 February 1900 243

63. Mileva Marić to Helene Kaufler, 9 March 1900 243

64. Mileva Marić to Helene Kaufler, 4 June-23 July 1900 244

65. To the Zurich City Council, 26 June 1900 245

66. Municipal Police Detective's Report, 4 July 1900 246

67. Adolf Hurwitz to Hermann Bleuler, 27 July 1900 247

68. To Mileva Marić, 29? July 1900 248

69. To Mileva Marić, 1 August 1900 249

70. To Mileva Marić, 6 August 1900 251

71. To Mileva Marić, 9? August 1900 252

72. To Mileva Marić, 14? August 1900 254

73. To Mileva Marić, 20 August 1900 255

74. To Mileva Marić, 30 August or 6 September 1900 257

75. To Mileva Marić, 13? September 1900 259

76. To Mileva Marić, 19 September 1900 261

77. To Adolf Hurwitz, 23 September 1900 263

78. To Adolf Hurwitz, 26 September 1900 264

Editorial Note: Einstein on Molecular Forces 264

79. To Mileva Marić, 3 October 1900 266

80. Mileva Marić to Helene Kaufler, before 9 October 1900 268

81. To Helene Kaufler, 11 October 1900 268

82. Questionnaire for Municipal Citizenship Applicants, 11-26 October 1900 269

83. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, with a Postscript by Einstein, 11 December 1900 270

"Conclusions Drawn from the Phenomena of Capillarity," 271

13 December 1900 [text in Vol. 2]

84. Minutes of the Municipal Naturalization Commission of Zurich, 14 December 1900 271

85. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, 20 December 1900 272

86. To Helene Savić, 20 December 1900 274

87. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, with a Postscript by Einstein, 8 January-19 March 1901 274

88. Report of the Schweizerisches Informationsbureau, 30 January 1901 275

89. Dedication to Friedrich Mühlberg, ca. March 1901 276

90. To Otto Wiener, 9 March 1901 277

91. Military Service Book, 13 March 1901 277

92. To Wilhelm Ostwald, 19 March 1901 278

93. To Mileva Marić, 23 March 1901 279

94. To Mileva Marić, 27 March 1901 281

95. To Wilhelm Ostwald, 3 April 1901 284

96. To Mileva Marić, 4 April 1901 284

97. To Mileva Marić, 10 April 1901 286

98. To Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, 12 April 1901 288

99. Hermann Einstein to Wilhelm Ostwald, 13 April 1901 289

100. To Marcel Grossmann, 14 April 1901 290

101. To Mileva Marić, 15 April 1901 291

102. To Mileva Marić, 30 April 1901 293

103. From Mileva Marić, 2 May 1901 295

104. To Alfred Stern, 3 May 1901 296

105. From Mileva Marić, 3 May 1901 297

106. To Mileva Marić, 9 May 1901 298

107. To Mileva Marić, second half of May? 1901 300

108. From Mileva Marić, second half of May? 1901 301

109. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, second half of May? 1901 301

110. To Mileva Marić, second half of May? 1901 303

111. To Mileva Marić, 28? May 1901 304

112. To Mileva Marić, 4? June 1901 306

113. To the Director's Office, Technikum Burgdorf, 3 July 1901 307

114. To Mileva Marić, 7? July 1901 308

115. To Jost Winteler, 8 July 1901 309

116. From Mileva Marić, ca. 8 July 1901 310

117. To the Department of Education, Canton of Bern, 13 July 1901 311

118. From the Department of Internal Affairs, Canton of Bern, 16 July 1901 312

119. To Mileva Marić, 22? July 1901 312

120. From the Department of Internal Affairs, Canton of Bern, 31 July 1901 313

121. From Mileva Marić, 31? July 1901 313

122. To Marcel Grossmann, 6? September 1901 315

123. From Mileva Marić, early November 1901 316

124. From Mileva Marić, 13 November 1901 317

125. Mileva Marić to Helene Savić, ca. 23 November mid-December 1901 319

126. To Mileva Marić, 28 November 1901 320

127. To Mileva Marić, 12 December 1901 322

128. To Mileva Marić, 17 December 1901 325

129. To the Swiss Patent Office, 18 December 1901 327

130. To Mileva Marić, 19 December 1901 328

131. To Mileva Marić, 28 December 1901 329

132. Receipt for the Return of Doctoral Fees, 1 February 1902 331

133. To Conrad Habicht, 4 February 1902 331

134. To Mileva Marić, 4 February 1902 332

135. Advertisement for Private Lessons, 5 February 1902 334

136. To Mileva Marić, 8? February 1902 334

137. To Mileva Marić, 17? February 1902 335

138. Pauline Einstein to Pauline Winteler, 20 February 1902 336

"On the Thermodynamic Theory of the Difference in Potentials between Metals and Fully Dissociated Solutions of Their Salts and On an Electrical Method for Investigating Molecular Forces," April 1902 [text in Vol. 2] 337

139. To Conrad Habicht, April? 1902 337

"Kinetic Theory of Thermal Equilibrium and of the Second Law of Thermodynamics," June 1902 [text in Vol. 2] 337

140. The Swiss Department of Justice to the Swiss Federal Council, 2 June 1902 338

141. From the Swiss Department of Justice, 19 June 1902 339

142. From the Swiss Patent Office, 19 June 1902 340

APPENDIXES

A. Munich Volkschule, Curriculum 341

B. Luitpold-Gymnasium, Curriculum 346

C. ETH Entrance Examination, Required Topics 356

D. Aagau Kantonsschule, Curriculum 359

E. ETH, Einstein's Curriculum 362

Chronology, March 1879-June 1902 370

Biographies 378

Literature Cited 390

Index 409

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691084077
Editor:
Stachel, John
Editor:
Schulmann, Robert
Editor:
Stachel, John
Author:
Stachel, J.
Author:
Einstein, Albert
Author:
et
Author:
Cassidy, David C.
Author:
Cassidy, D. C.
Author:
Einstein, A.
Author:
Stachel, John
Author:
Schulmann, Robert
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, N.J. :
Subject:
Physics
Subject:
History
Subject:
Einstein, albert, 1879-1955
Subject:
Physicists
Subject:
Physicists -- Biography.
Subject:
History of Science and Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Physics and Astroscience
Subject:
History of Science-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Collected Papers of Albert Einstein Vol. 1
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
June 1987
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
504
Dimensions:
10.43x8.12x1.73 in. 3.23 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Volume 1 presents important new material on the young Einstein. Over half the documents made available here were discovered by the editors, including a significant group of over fifty letters that Einstein exchanged with Mileva Maric, his fellow student and future wife. These letters, together with other previously unpublished documents, provide an entirely new view of Einstein's youth. The documents in the volume also foreshadow the emergence of his extraordinary creative power. In them is manifested his intense commitment to scientific work and his interest in certain themes that proved to be central to his thinking during the next decade. We can follow, for example, the beginnings of his preoccupation with the electrodynamics of moving bodies that was to lead to the development of this special theory of relativity. For the first time it can be seen how closely he followed such contemporary developments in physics as Planck's work on radiation theory and Drude's work on the electron theory of metals. In addition to all of Einstein's known correspondence and other writings from this period, the volume includes the relevant portions of all third-party letters and other contemporary documents that provide additional information about his secondary schooling at the Aargau Cantonal School; his four years at the Swiss Federal Plytechnical School, or the ETH; and his search for a job after graduation. Included in the volume are those sections of an unpublished biography by Einstein's sister, Maja Winteler-Einstein, which deal with his early years; his extensive notes on a physics course he took at the ETH; and previously unpublished photographs of the young Einstein and his teachers and friends.

Documents in Volume 1 portray Einstein's experiences during the two stressful years after his graduation from the ETH in Zurich. Denied a position as an Assistant at the ETH, he lived a hand-to-mouth existence while he looked for a post at other universities; then he attempted to find a secondary-school post, and finally sought a nonacademic job. Tension with his parents over his plans to marry Mileva Maric is evident throughout this period. With the help of a friend, he finally found work at the Swiss Patent Office, the haven where he would spend the next seven years. Freed from his financial worries, he entered on one of the most productive periods of his life, as the next volume, Writings (1901-1910), will document.

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