BOOK OF THE WEEK - The Theory of Relativity
When I bought my first edition
of Einstein's Relativity (on the internet), I received a nice surprise when I
opened it up. The seller, a nice gentleman, had told
me there was some old newspaper pasted to the inside of the back of the book -
but he wasn't sure how old it was or what it was about. He wasn't even
sure if he had put it there. He just had not looked at the book in
quite a long time, but decided to sell it, knowing it was a first edition and
worth more than an "old copy" of Relativity. I had figured the
newspaper would detract quite a bit from the value of the book. There are
a couple of reasons for this:
- 1. First, you would
ideally like your 1st edition to be as "original" as possible, as close to
"mint condition" as possible.
- 2. Newspaper in
general, especially older newspaper is very "acidic". The acid turns
that familiar brown color over time. When it is "in contact" with the
book itself, it will transfer this acidity to the book and cause damage,
- 3. Since it was
pasted to the book, the glue used, whatever it might be, is likely also
acidic and would cause it's own damage.
A Unique Piece of History?
As it turns out, the newspaper
was way more than a random clipping. It turned out to be what might be a
unique piece of history. While I still need to do some research, I'll
explain what I know so far:
- 1. The paper is a
Book Review from 1921, just after the release of Einstein's first American
edition of "Relativity".
- 2. The review
article was likely written by the same guy that first owned the book, Mr.
- a) While the article
does not show the name of the author, it does end with the initials,
- b) The bookplate in
the front of the book indicates it was owned by a "David Anderson".
- 4. The bookplate
design indicates that the owner was likely a scientist or physicist of some
- 5. This is where it
gets interesting... The winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics for the
discovery of the "Graviton" is a Mr. Carl David Anderson.
- 6. The son of
Carl David Anderson's is named David Anderson (-DA).
It seems "likely" that the
owner of the book, David Anderson, was the same guy who wrote this review
of "The Theory of Relativity".
- David Anderson,