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Not your everyday genius - Almost six decades later, 10,000 of Einstein's writings will be released to the public

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By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
12/8/2014 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)

More than 10,000 documents will be available online

Following the death of Albert Einstein in 1955, his copyright and over 80,000 documents were left to Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in human history, will have 10,000 documents released to the public over a digital format.

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in human history, will have 10,000 documents released to the public over a digital format.

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By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
12/8/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Albert Einstein, U.S., Princeton, International, Science


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Since 1986, that university, in conjunction with Princeton University Press, have undertaken a mammoth effort to study these document.

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Soon, the general public will be able to access the fruits of these labors, as these documents will be released in a program called Digital Einstein.

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in human history, will have 10,000 documents released to

Albert Einstein, one of the greatest minds in human history, will have 10,000 documents released to the public over a digital format.


This program will allow the public to view and share the tens of thousands of letter, papers, postcards, notebooks and dairy entries that Einstein left behind. This includes documents that were located in a multitude of places like Princeton, academic archives, attics, and even shoe boxes.

The project is currently headed by Diana Kormos-Buchwald, a physics professor at the California Institute of Technology.

So far, 13 volumes have been published in print-out of a total of about 30 volumes, this holds just 5,000 documents that run to 1923, when the physicist was just 44.

These early volumes are made up of essays, footnotes, annotations and personal writings that talk about the personal, cultural and political world of that time.

Kormos-Buchwald says that those who visit the new Digital Einstein archives will be able to switch between English and German versions of these texts.

Love letters, high school transcripts, divorce files, and even the notes on his work of understanding the universal theory of relativity, will all be viewable.

In one letter, Einstein tells his sister Maja that "If everybody lived a life like mine, there would be no need for novels."

In January of 2015, the 14th volume will be published, which will include another 1,000 documents from Einstein's life.

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