This is a good chance to know something more about Albert Einstein, who only brings to mind the Theory of Relativity and the iconic unruly hair.
A University in Israel has brought out the personal papers of the great scientist, which include his personal letters – some of them romantic ones. The University has catalogued more than 80,000 collected papers and notes and personal correspondence of the scientist.
Einstein was the recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1921 for his work in theoretical physics and his most famous work, the General Theory of Relativity. He is considered the father of modern physics.
Israeli embassies worldwide commemorated Einstein’s 133rd birthday on March 14 along with observing Israel’s National Science Day. The launch of the website was done on the same day to honour the great scientist at The Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology.
The archives project’s IT department at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem is headed by Dalia Mendelsson. Einstein helped found the university in 1918.
Mendelsson stated that “the website was created with specifically-designed database software, in order to allow the public to see what was once only available to scholars and students.”
The archive contains a number of Einstein’s personal correspondences. There is a letter to Azmi El-Nashashibi, editor of the Falastin newspaper, discussing a solution to the Jewish-Arab conflict. Then there is also a postcard to his sick mother. There are also letters to Einstein from his mistress and some funny fan letters about his iconic unruly hair.
Mendelsson said, “There were 43,000 documents from 2003 until today, so, of course, the database grew from then. Now we are providing the 80,000 records. We are starting the project with 2,000 images, and by the end of the month we will have 7,000 images. It’s like meeting the author of all these letters, in an intimate look at all of his work.”