Herman Julius Gaertner
||Gaertner, Herman Julius
||Herman Julius Gaertner Collection
||This collection contains a handwritten draft by Albert Einstein
to supplement the English translation of Uber die spezielle unddie
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In September 1982, Oglethorpe University alumna Nellie Jan
Gaertner (A.B. class of 1934, M.A. , 1935) presented the
manuscript “Uber die Bestatigung der allgemeinen Relativitatstheorie
durch die Erfahrung( The Experimental Confirmation of the
General Theory of Relativity”) by Albert Einstein to
the Oglethorpe University Library in memory of her father,
Herman Julius Gaertner (1866-1958). Dr. Gaertner was born
in Klausthal, Germany and came to the United States in 1888.
He graduated from Indiana University in 1892 and received
graduate degrees from Ohio Northern University and Ohio Wesleyan
University. He was on the faculty of Oglethorpe University
for thirty-four years beginning in 1916, serving as Dean
of the School of Education and Dean of the Summer Sessions,
Director of Graduate Studies, Professor of German and Mathematics
and psychology .
In 1917 Albert Einstein published his special and general
theory of relativity, Uber die spezielle and di allgemein Relativitatstheorie.
The third edition in 1918 was translated into English by the
physicist Robert W. Lawson. Lawson request from Einstein a
supplement to the ordinal text demonstrating observational
proof of general relativity. Einstein wrote the supplement
in the 1920s and it was published in English as an Appendix
III to Relativity: The Special and General Relativity A Popular
Exposition. The supplement was entitled “The Experimental
Confirmation of the General Theory of Relativity.”
Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955
||Please cite Herman Julius Gaertner Collection , MF 8, Archives,
Philip Weltner Library, Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Permission to publish from this collection must be approved in
writing by the Director of the Library, Oglethorpe University.