The treasure trove of manuscripts include handwritten letters, mathematical notes, and other academic endeavors.
Over 100 never-before-seen archives left by Albert Einstein are on display in Israel’s Hebrew University, school officials announced during a press conference Tuesday.
The treasure trove of manuscripts include handwritten mathematical notes, dating from 1944 to 1948; a paper on unified field theory presented to the Prussian Academy of Science in 1930, and correspondence to his friend and lifelong colleague, Michele Besso.
Hanoch Gutfreund, academic adviser to the archives, told Reuters, “They are summaries of his notes; whenever something struck him, a new idea, he sat down immediately and scribbled it, looking for its consequences.
“These papers reflect the way Einstein was thinking, the way Einstein was working. Most of them, in his handwriting, are mathematical calculations with very little text,” Gutfreund said.
Hebrew University said it had received the papers as a donation to its 80,000-item Albert Einstein Archives from a foundation in Chicago after they were purchased from a private collector in North Carolina.
We’re at Hebrew University at the unveiling of more than 100 new documents at the Einstein archives. And they made an Einstein shaped cake to celebrate! We’ll be live streaming the press conference in less than an hour on the official Albert Einstein Facebook page @HebrewU pic.twitter.com/LSRWaj61dg— Albert Einstein (@AlbertEinstein) March 6, 2019
In one letter written in 1935, Einstein warns his son, Hans Albert, of the growing Nazi party in Germany, saying "Even in Germany things are slowly starting to change. Let's just hope we won't have a Europe war first."
Einstein settled in the United States after renouncing his German citizenship when Adolf Hitler came to power, bequeathed his scientific and personal writings to Hebrew University.
In another letter, the acclaimed scientist, told Besso that after 50 years of dedication and studying, he still couldn’t understand the quantum nature of light.
Einstein, who developed the theory of relativity, a pillar of modern science, tried unsuccessfully for decades to prove another concept - that electromagnetism and gravity were different manifestations of a single fundamental field.
Karen Cortell Reisma, Einstein’s last surviving relative, said, “I inherited my frizzy hair from him. His letters showed his human side. They were letters that showed his humility, grace and sense of humor.”
Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics. He died in New Jersey in 1955.