Albert Einstein Archive Now Online, Bringing 80,000+ Documents to the Web

It’s not hard to jump online and learn about Albert Einstein’s intellectual contributions. Thanks to Yale, you can get a 60 minute primer on Einstein’s theoretical work. It’s called Einstein for the Masses. Or you can embark upon a longer, 10-lecture exploration of Einstein’s groundbreaking ideas (iTunes – YouTube) with Leonard Susskind, a Stanford professor known for his own groundbreaking work on String Theory.

And then there’s this: Starting this week, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is bringing online an extensive archive of papers and letters belonging to the great humanist and scientist. The collection currently features 2,000 documents and will eventually surpass 80,000. And it all gives a rounded view of Einstein’s life and work. The documents shed light on his personal relationship with his mother, wife and many mistresses; his views on the Arab-Israeli conflict; and his work on physics itself. A quick way to sample the archive is to enter this gallery, where, among other things, you’ll find Einstein’s manuscript introducing his famous equation, e=mc2.

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