Albert Einstein Journal Papers

Prussian Academy of Physics

 by Gregory J. Mallon

 

Zur Einheitlichen Feldtheorie

Below you will see a rare, immaculate copy of Einstein's 8 page submission to the Prussian Academy of Physics entitled, "Zur Einheitlichen Feldtheorie" ("The Unified Field Theory").  Back "in the day", when this paper on the Unified Field Theory was published, it was a headline story in the newspapers.   Some businesses got hold of a copies of this paper, cut and separated the pages, and posted it in their store-front windows for customers to see.   Few, if any people, understood the complex mathematics, but many were fascinated by the thought that Einstein had possibly came up with a new theory, expanding on "General Relativity", and unifying the fundamental forces of nature.

Berlin: Verlag der Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1929 First separate edition of one of Einstein's last important scientific works (Weil #165).  Large 8vo. 8 pp.  First separate printing of this VERY RARE offprint from ''Sitzungsberichten der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften'', phys.-math. Klasse 1929, I.   Near Mint in original orange printed wrappers (see photos).

"In 1928, [Einstein] embarked on a new approach to a unified field theory... involving what he called 'distant parallelism'... By early 1929 he had solved the main problems involved in writing down field equations for his unified field theory. On the day of official publication of the third of a formidably technical series of nine articles on the theory... excited headlines appeared in foreign newspapers throughout the world... In this frenzied, unscientific atmosphere, Einstein's new theory was hailed in the press as an outstanding scientific advance. Yet Einstein had stated in his article that this was still tentative; and soon he found he had to abandon it" (Hoffmann/Dukas, ''Albert Einstein: Creator and Rebel'' (1972) pp. 225-226). 

Weil #165Boni #173.  Norman 700.  Original orange printed wrappers.  A fine fresh copy of this VERY RARE PAPER!!

From Weil:  Zur Einheitlichen FeldtheorieS. B. preuss. Akad. Wiss., 1929, pp. 2-7 Sci. Abstr. 1929, 2375.  Phys. Ber. 1929, 1355  "This paper represents a new development which was immediate news."  A translation by L. L. Whyte appeared in the (London) Times of Feb 4, 1929.  It was quoted in full Observatory, Vol. 52, under the title "New Field Theory" pp. 82-87 and (1930) pp. 11-118.  Sci. Abstr. 1930, 3653.  Phys. Ber. 1930, 1821.  Einstein's manuscript for this paper is in the Olin Library, Wesleyan University.

Zur Einheitlichen Feldtheorie, 1929  (The Unified Field Theory),  von A. EINSTEIN

Zur Einheitlichen Feldtheorie (The Unified Field Theory), Weil #165

 

WEIL #165  /  BONI #183

Condition: Fine (Immaculate original color)
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Note: No internal or external markings.  Please zoom to view a subtle bend/crease on the lower left side of the orange wrapper.  There is a small chip at the top (left center) of the front cover page (orange wrapper), not shown.  Otherwise, journal paper is mint.  Very Fine.  I need to rescan this document to show that.  On this scan, the document was so close to the top, the small chip was not scanned.  If you are interested, please request a new scan and I will be happy to post.  Thank you, Greg (EinsteinsWorld.com)

 

Zur Einheitlichen Feldtheorie (The Unified Field Theory)

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