University expands Einstein digital archive

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has updated and relaunched an expanded version of its Einstein Archives website, which now catalogs more than 80,000 documents containing the famed scientist's personal writings and related materials from all over the world.

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein – a long-term initiative that has been hailed as one of the most ambitious and significant digital archiving projects in the field of science – has been a collaborative effort between the Princeton University Press, the California Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Polonsky Foundation has served as a primary source of funding for the project and also contributed its wisdom from similar digitization initiatives related to the works of Sir Isaac Newton.

"We have every reason to believe that the launch of the expanded Einstein website will attract as much attention as the Newton papers," Leonard Polonsky explained. "Clearly, there is a pent-up demand for open access to these intellectual treasures."

According to the Associated Press, the vast collection contains everything from a handwritten explanation of Einstein's theory of relativity to postcards from his fans and even the scientist's musing on the political state of post-WWI Europe.

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