Students will immerse themselves in Einstein’s texts from a specific time period, reading scientific papers, discussions about science, personal accounts, and historical considerations. As a class, we will begin to develop an understanding of the science and the scientist and world with which he lived. The hope is that we will see Einstein a little more clearly for who he was, with all of his flaws and brilliance, and how he was both a product of his time and someone who changed his time forever. He was, after all, the one who declared that time was not (a) constant.
The Digital Einstein Papers, an open-access site from Princeton University Press. The resource page can be found here.
These are the sources used by the students:
On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies: https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol2-trans/154
Discussion of Szarvassi: https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol2-trans/392
Letter to Mileva (June 28, 1902): https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol5-trans/26
Letter to Besso (January 22, 1903): https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol5-trans/29
On the Special and General Theory of Relativity (A Popular Account): https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol6-trans/340
My Response. On the Anti-Relativity Company: https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol7-trans/213
How I Became a Zionist: https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol7-trans/250
On the Investigation of the State of the Ether in a Magnetic Field: https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol1-trans/26
“Does Field Theory Offer Possibilities for the Solution of the Quantum Problem?”: https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol14-doc/369
To Caesar Koch: https://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/vol1-trans/28