This volume is a collection of original essay, most never published, on Einstein's formative years. Topics are extensive, from Einstein's first wife, to his early readings, university education, and influences that shaped his thinking on statistical mechanics and relativity theory.
1. Introduction to "Einstein: The Formative Years", John Stachel * 2. The Mysteries and Wonders of Natural Science: Aaron Bernstein's Naturwissenschaftliche Volksb=81cher and the Adolescent Einstein, Frederick Gregory * 3. The Young Einstein's Physics Education: H.F. Weber, Hermann von Helmholtz, and the Zurich Polytechnic Physics Instititue, David Cahan * 4. Kant's Impact on Einstein's Thought, Mara Beller * 5. Einstein's Controversy with Drude and the Origin of Statistical Mechanics: A New Glimpse from the "Love Letters", Juergen Renn * 6. Physical Approximations and Stochastic Processes in Einstein's 1905 Paper on Brownian Motion, Sahotra Sarkar * 7. The Construction of the Special Theory: Some Queries and Considerations, Robert Rynasiewicz * 8. Einstein's Light Quantum Hypothesis: Or Why Didn't Einstein Propose a Quantum Gas a Decade-and-a-Half Earlier?, John Stachel * Index