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University Digitizes and Publicly Releases Einstein Papers

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has completed a massive update of its digital archive of documents relating to Albert Einstein and has made the material available online (www.alberteinstein.info). The digital collection now contains more than 80,000 documents by and concerning Einstein. Each original document is annotated and, where applicable, translated into English. The contents are also now fully searchable. Some documents not previously accessible to the public in the digital archive go beyond Einstein’s scientific works and include a letter suggesting “an original solution” to the Jewish-Arab conflict and a postcard to his ill mother. The updated archive’s grand opening was timed to coincide with what would have been Einstein’s 133rd birthday, March 14. In Israel, this is also National Science Day. Hebrew University has been working with the Princeton University Press and the Einstein Papers Project on the digitization. They hope to publish The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. Funding support has come from the Polonsky Foundation UK, which also helped the University of Cambridge create a digital archive of Sir Isaac Newton’s writings. Einstein—with Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann—helped found the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1918. The internationally renowned scientist bequeathed his papers as well as all rights to his image to the school. (SlashDot)(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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