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Erklarung der Perihelbewegung des Merkur aus der allgemeinen Relativitatstheorie, pp. 831-839 in Sitzungsberichte der Königlich preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, XLVII, 18 November 1915.
Berlin: George Reimer for the Königlich Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1915. First edition. First edition, journal issue in original printed wrappers, of one of Einstein's most important papers, in which "he presents two of his greatest discoveries. Each of these changed his life" (Pais, p. 253). "In the fall of 1915, Einstein came to the painful realization that the 'Entwurf' field equations are untenable. Casting about for new field equations, he fortuitously found his way back to equations of broad covariance that he had reluctantly abandoned three years earlier. He had learned enough in the meantime to see that they were physically viable after all ... and on November 4, 1915, presented the rediscovered old equations to the Berlin Academy. He returned a week later with an important modification, and two weeks after that with a further modification. In between these two appearances before his learned colleagues, he presented yet another paper showing that his new theory explains the anomalous advance of the perihelion of Mercury. Fortunately, this result was not affected by the final modification of the field equations presented the following week" (Janssen, pp. 59-60). "The first result [reported in the present paper] was that his theory [of general relativity] 'explains ... quantitatively ... the secular rotation of the orbit of Mercury, discovered by Le Verrier, ... without the need of any special hypothesis.' This discovery was, I believe, by far the strongest emotional experience in Einstein's scientific life, perhaps in all his life. Nature had spoken to him. He had … [Click Below for Full Description]
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