August 22, 2019

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein Debuts Online, Thousands of Digitized Documents Available

This new open-access resource is made available by the Princeton University Press with the assistance of the The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

From the NY Times:

Starting on Friday, when Digital Einstein is introduced, anyone with an Internet connection will be able to share in the letters, papers, postcards, notebooks and diaries that Einstein left scattered in Princeton and in other archives, attics and shoeboxes around the world when he died in 1955.

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Visitors to the new Digital Einstein website, Dr. Kormos-Buchwald [Editor] said in an email, will be able to toggle between the English and German versions of the texts. They can dance among Einstein’s love letters, his divorce file, his high school transcript, the notebook in which he worked out his general theory of relativity and letters to his lifelong best friend, Michele Besso, among many other possibilities.

From the Website:

The site presents all 13 volumes published to date by the editors of the Einstein Papers Project, covering the writings and correspondence of Albert Einstein (1879-1955) from his youth to 1923.

The volumes are presented in the original language version with in-depth English language annotation and other scholarly apparatus. In addition, the reader can toggle to an English language translation of most documents.

By clicking on the unique archival identifier number below each text, readers can access the archival record of each published document at the Einstein Archives Online and in some cases, the digitized manuscript. Approximately 7,000 pages representing 2,900 unique documents have been digitized thus far.

See Also: Hebrew University Launches Albert Einstein Archives Website and Database (March 19, 2012)

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