EINSTEIN, Albert (1879-1955). "Über einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt", volume 17, pp. 132-148. Norman 689; Weil 6; cf. PMM 391.
EINSTEIN, A. "Über die von der molekularischen Theorie der Wärme geforderte Bewegung von in ruhenden Flüssigkeiten suspendierten Teilchen", volume 17, pp. 549-560. Weil 8.
EINSTEIN, A. "Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper", volume 17, pp.891-921. Norman 691a; Weil 8.
EINSTEIN, A. "Ist die Trägheit eines Körpers von seinem Energiegehalt abhängig?", volume 18, pp.639-641. Weil 10.
All in: Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, volume 17 & 18. Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1905. Contemporary cloth-backed boards (extremities a little rubbed), volume 17 in a modern morocco box gilt. Provenance: Carnegie Institution of Washington (blindstamp on free endpaper).
FIRST PRINTING OF THESE IMPORTANT PAPERS BY EINSTEIN. In the first paper Einstein 'suggested that light be considered a collection of independent particles of energy, which he called "light quanta". ... Subsequent investigation led Einstein to propose, in 1909, the theory of wave-particle duality in radiation. For this paper, and his paper on photoelectric effect ... Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921' (Norman). 'Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper' is Einstein's first paper on the subject of special relativity. 'Two revolutionary conclusions were reached in this paper: first, that all motion was relative to the inertial system in which it was measured; and second, that matter and energy are equivalent. The presentation of these theories, which were proved some years later, constituted nothing less than a radical reinterpretation of the universe, dethroning the Newtonian view which had ruled for over two centuries', Norman 691. (2)