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17 July 2019 - 15 Tammuz 5779 - ט"ו תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Hebrew University adds new manuscripts to Einstein Archive E-mail

Part of a collection of 110 manuscript pages written by Albert Einstein was unveiled at the Albert Einstein Archive at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on 6 March.

The university announced that it had obtained a “magnificent” collection of Albert Einstein’s manuscripts, shedding new light on the mind and soul of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist ahead of the 140th anniversary of his birth.

The bulk of the 110-page collection consists of yellowed pages of handwritten equations, as well as several personal letters written in German. In one correspondence with his lifelong friend Michele Besso, Einstein said he felt “ashamed” for never having bothered to learn Hebrew.

Inside the mind of a genius

Professor Hanoch Gutfreund, the archive’s academic director, said: “For historians of science, it is very important to have manuscripts, because then one sees that he crossed out something, that he changed something, and it is interesting to see how he actually worked.” Each of the four personal letters from Einstein “is a gem”, Gutfreund added. “In every letter exchanged between them, they refer to something scientific. But they always share something personal about their families. And they also very often exchange remarks about their Jewish identity.”

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