Einstein goes digital

March 20, 2012 at 9:59 AM
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JERUSALEM, March 20 (UPI) -- Hebrew University in Jerusalem has unveiled a free of charge online digital archive with more than 80,000 documents chronicling the life of Albert Einstein.

Marking 133 years since Einstein's birth, the university revealed the digital archives Monday. Thousands of documents, including images and translations of letters, diagrams and photographs, can be accessed. Additional documents are to be translated, processed and added, The Jerusalem Post said.

The archive team is led by university staff as well as the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and Princeton University Press in New Jersey, the paper said.

"We have invested considerable effort to advance this project and are happy to make the world of this great scientist and person accessible to the interested general public," Hebrew University Professor Menahem Ben-Sasson said, noting the project reveals different academic disciplines, including the history of science and physics. Other documents include letters and postcards to Einstein's mother and his mistress.

Dr. Roni Grosz, the archive's curator in Jerusalem, said some two-thirds of the documents appear in German and others are in English and other languages, the paper said. Those wishing to view the archive can log on to www.alberteinstein.info, the Post said.

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