Now at Your Fingertips: The Digital Einstein
A new digital database launched Friday offers the public free access to decades of documents from the twentieth century’s most influential scientist.
Called the Digital Einstein Papers, the new website, made possible by Princeton University Press, in partnership with Tizra, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the California Institute of Technology, harnesses technology to bring thousands of documents—including papers, correspondence and lectures—from the Nobel winning scientist to a wide audience.
The open access database currently holds 13 volumes covering the first forty-four years of Albert Einstien’s life. More volumes will be added—adding up to an expected 30 volumes—to the site following their print publications.
“This material has been carefully researched and annotated over the last twenty-five years and contains all of Einstein’s scientific and popular writings, drafts, lecture notes, and diaries, and his professional and personal correspondence up to his forty-fourth birthday—so users will discover major scientific articles on the general theory of relativity, gravitation, and quantum theory alongside his love letters to his first wife, correspondence with his children, and his intense exchanges with other notable scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, and political personalities of the early twentieth century,” Diana L. Kormos-Buchwald, director of the Einstein Papers Project, said in a media statement.
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