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Albert Einstein's complete archives to be posted online -
March 19, 2012
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"Hebrew University releases initial 2,000 documents including unseen letters, postcards and research notes. (...) Only 900 manuscript images, and an incomplete catalogue listing just half of the archive's contents, had been available online since 2003. Now, with a grant from the Polonsky Foundation UK, which previously helped digitise Isaac Newton's papers, all 80,000 items from the Einstein collection have been catalogued and enhanced with cross referencing technology. (...) The collection includes 14 notebooks filled with research notes in small cursive handwriting, letters to Einstein's contemporaries on his physics research, and a handwritten explanation of his theory of relativity and its summarising equation e=mc2. It also includes lesser-known papers, including a postcard to his ailing mother, private correspondence with his lovers, and a pile of fanmail Einstein received about his wild hairdo. (...) In another note, a researcher wrote: "I'm making a scientific survey to determine why genius so often tends to long hair." (...) "More than anyone else, he expressed his views on every agenda of mankind," Gutfreund said. "Now we have a complete and full picture of that person."
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