Hebrew University of Jerusalem unveils 110 new Albert Einstein documents

Newly revealed Albert Einstein letters provide glimpse into his genius mind

Albert Einstein's manuscripts put on display at Israel's Hebrew University

They include hand-written mathematical notes, most from 1944 to 1948, and also an appendix - which the university said had been thought lost - to a paper on unified field theory that the German-born physicist presented to the Prussian Academy of Science in 1930.

"We at the Hebrew University are proud to serve as the eternal home for Albert Einstein's intellectual legacy, as was his wish", Hanoch Gutfreund, archives director and professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said in a news release, commenting on the newly-published documents.

"There is also one page with a concise explanation of the basic principle underlying the physics of the atom bomb and of nuclear reactors", the newspaper writes. In a letter dated 50 years later, he expresses that he still does not understand the quantum nature of light (I mean, do any of us, really?).

HU Einstein Archives contains more than 80,000 items, including photographs, manuscripts, and letters, making it the most extensive collection of Einstein documents.

The work is part of Einstein's works to integrate all the forces of nature into a single theory.

Most of the documents constitute handwritten mathematical calculations behind Einstein's scientific writings in the late 1940s.

The most intimate manuscript, however, is a letter Einstein wrote to his son Hans Albert in 1935 warning him of the rise of Nazi Germany. But I believe that even in Germany, things are slowly starting to change. The German armament must be extremely risky; but the rest of Europe is now starting to finally take the thing seriously, especially the English. The Chicago-based foundation purchased the 110-page collection from a private collector in North Carolina for an undisclosed sum.

Each of the four personal letters from Einstein "is a gem", Gutfreund added.

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An Israeli university on Wednesday published a manuscript allegedly written by Albert Einstein in which the famous physicist says he was "embarrassed" to learn Hebrew.

"These papers reflect the way Einstein was thinking, the way Einstein was working. If they would have come down hard a year and a half ago, it would have been better and easier", he wrote.

Albert Einstein migrated to the United States in 1933, shortly before Hitler became the German leader.

"Out here, nobody knows where I am, and I'm believed to be away on a trip", Einstein wrote in the letter.

The documents give a glimpse into Einstein's personal life and moments of self doubt that the scholar has experienced.

Einstein was impressed that Besso was learning Hebrew and joked about not knowing the language himself.

Following the preservation and digitization of these new documents, HU's Einstein Archives is now working with Caltech's Prof.

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