Einstein’s War is a comprehensive account of the many factors influencing Einstein’s theory of relativity. At times, it’s difficult to wrap your head around the science and mathematics involved, but this historical account breaks down some of the mystery.
Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I
By Matthew Stanley
This is the history of relativity you’ve never seen. By detailing the early life of Einstein, we see what inspired him to develop this complicated concept that would ultimately change the face of science. We also get a deep history of Arthur Stanley Eddington, an important figure you might not know much about. Eddington is potentially the reason why you’ve heard about relativity and why you know anything about this incredibly complex bit of science.
There are many layers to this deeply researched narrative. We have the history of Einstein’s scientific journey, detailing his school years, his early days of discoveries, and the eventual path that led him to study relativity. We have brief histories of the other figures who revolved around the theory. We also get a deeper understanding of the tense political climate and subsequent war that greatly influenced European advances on all fronts. It’s a fascinating history, with so many factors. The fact that Einstein’s theory ever came to fruition is astounding given the explosive world events.
Overall, Einstein’s War is a well-researched, deeply intellectual guide to the science and politics of the early twentieth century. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of relativity and how it shaped the scientific community for decades to come.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.