Einstein Research Papers

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This volume presents Einstein's 49 contributions to Annalen der Physik, together with four introductory essays based on recent historical studies.

The handwritten page, part of an appendix to a 1930 paper on the Nobel winner's efforts towards a unified field theory, was discovered among the 110-page trove the university's Albert Einstein archives received some two weeks ago.

Hebrew University unveiled the collection to coincide what would have been Einstein's 140th birthday on March 14.

Einstein, a theoretical physicist whose opinions on current-day affairs were at times controversial during his lifetime, has evolved into a consensual figure in popular culture, Grosz said, predicting his popularity would continue to grow.

"Einstein is the go-to guy that everybody wants to identify with, and that's not going to change," he told AFP.

Most of the documents constitute handwritten mathematical calculations behind Einstein's scientific writings in the late 1940s.

There are also letters that Einstein, born in Germany in 1879, wrote to collaborators that deal with a range of scientific and personal issues, including one to his son, Hans Albert.

The dramatically changing historical circumstances under which these papers were written may also serve as a reminder of the fragility of the scientific enterprise and the need both to reflect on its contexts and to strengthen it by civil courage, just as Einstein has taught us.

The Annalen der Physik, one of the most influential journals in the history of physics, was founded in 1790 by Friedrich Albert Carl Gren, a professor of physics and chemistry at Halle University.

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