Relativity: The Special and the General Theory began as a short paper and was eventually published as a book written by Albert Einstein with the aim of giving:
. . . an exact insight into the theory of relativity to those readers who, from a general scientific and philosophical point of view, are interested in the theory, but who are not conversant with the mathematical apparatus of theoretical physics.— from the Preface
It was first published in German in 1916 and later translated into English in 1920. It is divided into 3 parts, the first dealing with special relativity, the second dealing with general relativity and the third dealing with considerations on the universe as a whole. There have been many versions published since the original in 1916, the latest in December, 2011. The work has been labeled[by whom?] unique in that it gives readers an insight into the thought processes of one of the greatest minds of the 20th century.
- Einstein, Albert (1917). Über die spezielle und die allgemeine Relativitätstheorie : (Gemeinverständlich) (Erstaufl. ed.). Braunschweig: Vieweg. Retrieved July 5, 2016 – via ECHO – Cultural Heritage Online - Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Library.
- Einstein, Albert (1920). Über die spezielle und allgemeine Relativitätstheorie (5 ed.). Braunschweig: F. Vieweg & Sohn. Retrieved July 5, 2016 – via Internet Archive.
- Einstein, Albert, Ph.D. Professor of Physics at the University of Berlin (1920). Relativity: The Special and the General Theory: Popular Exposition; authorised translation by Robert W. Lawson, D.Sc., University of Sheffield (3 ed.). London: Methuen & Co. Ltd. Retrieved July 4, 2016 – via Internet Archive.
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- Albert Einstein. Relativity: the Special and the General Theory, 10th edition (there are a total of 17 editions). ISBN 0-517-029618 at Project Gutenberg
- Relativity: The Special and General Theory public domain audiobook at LibriVox
- Albert Einstein (2000), Relativity: The Special and General Theory, New York: Bartleby.com