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100 1 Crelinsten, Jeffrey,|eauthor.
245 10 Einstein's jury :|bthe race to test relativity /|cJeffrey
246 30 Race to test relativity
264 1 Princeton :|bPrinceton University Press,|c2016.
300 xxix, 397 pages :|billustrations ;|c24 cm
504 Includes bibliographical references (pages 365-383) and
520 Einstein's Jury is the dramatic story of how astronomers
in Germany, England, and America competed to test
Einstein's developing theory of relativity. Weaving a rich
narrative based on extensive archival research, Jeffrey
Crelinsten shows how these early scientific debates shaped
cultural attitudes we hold today. The book examines
Einstein's theory of general relativity through the eyes
of astronomers, many of whom were not convinced of the
legitimacy of Einstein's startling breakthrough. These
were individuals with international reputations to uphold
and benefactors and shareholders to please, yet few of
them understood the new theory coming from the pen of
Germany's up-and-coming theoretical physicist, Albert
Einstein. Some tried to test his theory early in its
development but got no results. Others--through toil and
hardship, great expense, and perseverance--concluded that
it was wrong. A tale of international competition and
intrigue, Einstein's Jury brims with detail gleaned from
Crelinsten's far-reaching inquiry into the history and
development of relativity. Crelinsten concludes that the
well-known British eclipse expedition of 1919 that made
Einstein famous had less to do with the scientific
acceptance of his theory than with his burgeoning public
fame. It was not until the 1920s, when the center of
gravity of astronomy and physics shifted from Europe to
America, that the work of prestigious American
observatories legitimized Einstein's work. As Crelinsten
so expertly shows, the glow that now surrounds the famous
scientist had its beginnings in these early debates among
professional scientists working in the glare of the public
600 10 Einstein, Albert,|d1879-1955.
650 0 Relativity (Physics)
650 0 Astrophysics|xHistory|y20th century.
650 0 Physics|xHistory|y20th century.
650 0 Astronomy|xHistory|y20th century.