Works on Relativity

My father considerd his most important work to be the work he did on Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Although he worked for much of his life as a Civil Engineer, he had left school at the age of sixteen (quite late for Yorkshire in the 1920s) and was no academic. His aim was to write a Plain Man's View of Relativity.

The aims of the work were:

  1. to satisfy the principle of relativity;
  2. to resolve the Duality of Mass;
  3. to give due attention to the problem of inertia.

The work went through a variety of stages and forms, but was never published. Various academics and writers (including Einstein himself) read different versions of the manuscript. The writer and astronomer John Gribbin described it as "a very clear and readable account of some of the fundamental mysteries of the universe... a cracking good new way to understand [Einstein]".

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