The Meaning of Relativity

By Albert Einstein

Words from the achiever

“I read a book by Einstein called The Meaning of Relativity — a wonderful book. He compared science with a detective story, where you have clues, and presented the scientist as detective, trying to put things together. False clues, you got to check up on them, make sure they’re right. That was a big impression.”

About the book

In Einstein’s first book to be brought out by an American publisher, he provides an overview of his then-controversial theory of relativity, a theory which revolutionized our understanding of the universe.

The theory of relativity is intimately connected with the theory of space and time. I shall therefore begin with a brief investigation of the origin of our ideas of space and time, although in doing so I know that I introduce a controversial subject. The object of all science, whether natural science or psychology, is to co-ordinate our experiences and bring them into a logical system. How are our customary ideas of space and time related to the character of our experiences?