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Loving Faster than Light: Romance and Readers in Einstein's Universe

Katy Price


In November 1919, newspapers around the world alerted readers to a sensational new theory of the universe: Albert Einstein's theory of relativity. Coming at a time of social, political, and economic upheaval, Einstein's theory quickly became a rich cultural resource with many uses beyond physical theory. Media coverage of relativity in Britain took on qualities of pastiche and parody, as serious attempts to evaluate Einstein's theory jostled with jokes and satires linking relativity to everything from railway budgets to religion. The image of a befuddled newspaper reader attempting to explain ... More

Keywords: Albert Einstein, theory of relativity, economic upheaval, abstract science, class politics, new media technology, sex relations, crime, cricket

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226680736
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226680750.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katy Price, author