Eclectic Curiosity

Posted on May 19th, 2003, by Steve Hardy in Archives, Uncategorized. No Comments

Getting Inside Einstein’s Head. Wired News reports some exciting news about the release of previously unavailable notes and documents from the late, famous scientist Albert Einstein. The Einstein Archives Online will go live later today and include, among other things, 2,000 pages of notes about The Theory of Everything, seemingly written shortly before Einstein’s death in 1955 and that have yet to be fully explored.

“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible,” Albert Einstein once remarked. Perhaps the world is indeed comprehensible to a genius like Einstein. And — with the launch of a new website on Monday — at least Einstein himself will be a bit more comprehensible to the world.

More than 900 scientific documents and personal papers detailing the thoughts and emotions of one of the world’s most fascinating minds are now available at the Einstein Archives Online. In addition to the voluminous collection of Einstein’s writings, some never before published and none previously available online, the website will house an extensive database of 40,000 documents, images and research on Einstein’s life and work, as well as digitized copies of Einstein’s professional and personal correspondence and pages from his notebooks and travel diaries.

The site will include documents refuting popular beliefs about Einstein. He was not a bad student — the only subject he flunked was French. He didn’t work for the U.S. government on top-secret projects like the atom bomb; instead, he was for many years monitored by the FBI as a possible threat to national security. And he was, as his personal letters prove, an unrepentant flirt.

The new website, which goes live Monday at 3 p.m. EST, is the result of a year-long cooperative effort between the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology. “It is a beautiful collaboration between two continents,” said Diana Kormos Buchwald, director and general editor of the Einstein Papers Project. “We hope it will serve both the general public and researchers equally well.”

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