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1. 'Zur allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie'; 2. 'Nachtrag'; 3. 'Erklarung der Perihelbewegung des Merkur aus der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie'; 4. 'Die Feldgleichungen der Gravitation'.

Berlin: George Reimer for the Königlich Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1915. First edition. THE FOUR PAPERS DOCUMENTING EINSTEIN'S COMPLETION AND VERIFICATION OF GENERAL RELATIVITY. First editions, journal issues in original printed wrappers, of the four papers documenting the completion and verification of Einstein's general theory of relativity. "In the half century and more of Einstein's work in science, one discovery stands above all as his greatest achievement. It is his general theory of relativity" (Norton). "There was difficulty reconciling the Newtonian theory of gravitation with its instantaneous propagation of forces with the requirements of special relativity; and Einstein working on this difficulty was led to a generalization of relativity - which was probably the greatest scientific discovery that was ever made" (Dirac, quoted in Chandrasekhar, p. 3). Einstein's special theory of relativity (1905) showed that the laws of physics are the same in all inertial (i.e., non-accelerating) frames of reference. It was then natural to ask whether it was possible to extend this principle of relativity to the more general case of frames of reference in arbitrary states of motion. This problem became linked to a theory of gravitation with Einstein's 'equivalence principle' of 1907, according to which the effects of gravity are locally equivalent to those of accelerated motion. Einstein's first steps towards a geometrical theory of gravitation were taken in August 1912, when his friend Marcel Grossmann provided the necessary mathematical tools. "Some time between August 10 an

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