Digital Einstein: Princeton Web Site Puts 1000s of Einstein’s Papers Online

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Last Fri­day saw the launch of The Dig­i­tal Ein­stein Papers. Host­ed by Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Press, the web site gives web users free, online access to the The Col­lect­ed Papers of Albert Ein­stein.

To date, 13 vol­umes of Ein­stein’s writ­ing (or 7,000 pages from 2,900 doc­u­ments) have been pub­lished, and they all now appear in elec­tron­ic for­mat on the Dig­i­tal Ein­stein site. Even­tu­al­ly, a total of 30,000 doc­u­ments will get uploaded to the dig­i­tal col­lec­tion.

The ini­tial trove fea­tures, says Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Press, “the writ­ings and cor­re­spon­dence of Albert Ein­stein (1879–1955) from his youth [through] 1923.” And it includes things like: Einstein’s love let­ters, the note­book in which he worked out the gen­er­al the­o­ry of rel­a­tiv­i­ty, and this gem of a let­ter (found by Vox) where Ein­stein coun­seled Marie Curie on how to deal with the trolls of last cen­tu­ry.

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The texts are all pre­sent­ed in the orig­i­nal lan­guage in which they were writ­ten. Many have in-depth Eng­lish lan­guage anno­ta­tions, and gen­er­al­ly read­ers can tog­gle to an Eng­lish lan­guage trans­la­tion of the doc­u­ments.

As we not­ed in 2012, a sep­a­rate online archive of Ein­stein’s papers lives on a web site host­ed by the Hebrew Uni­ver­si­ty of Jerusalem. Cours­es on Ein­stein can be found in our col­lec­tion of Free Online Cours­es, and impor­tant texts by Ein­stein can be down­loaded from our Free eBooks col­lec­tion.

via NYTimes/Vox

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

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The Feyn­man Lec­tures on Physics, The Most Pop­u­lar Physics Book Ever Writ­ten, Now Com­plete­ly Online

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