Physicist Stephen Hawking assembles groundbreaking works by Albert Einstein in this omnibus, from the text that revealed the special and general theories of relativity to his significant works on quantum theory, statistical mechanics, and the photoelectric effect. Hawking also presents Einstein's philosophical essays on political issues and religious thought, with introductions to each work that provide both historical and scientific perspective.
"It's hard to imagine a better guide to the work of Albert Einstein than Hawking ... whose own A Brief History of Time has sold over nine million copies. Though there are plenty of popular books about Einstein's theories, Hawking is right when he insists that the 'most lucid, not to mention entertaining proponent of Einstein's ideas has always been Einstein himself.' Even those with a minimal background in math and science will come away with a keen understanding of the towering genius and his transformative work on the nature of space, time and light.... Hawking adds a brief but effective introduction to each section, making this gem of a collection really shine."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)