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University Makes 80,000 Einstein Documents Publicly Available 63

orgelspieler writes "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has scanned in some 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents. According to the university's press release, the documents cover more than just scientific matters. The broad range of subjects include his solution to the Jewish-Arab conflict, a postcard to his mother, and a letter from one of his mistresses asking for assistance getting to America. Some documents have been translated and annotated and are completely searchable."
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University Makes 80,000 Einstein Documents Publicly Available

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    Not just a genius but had numerous mistresses when most nerds cant even get 1 girl. Yet another reason to admire him more.

    • Yeah, I had to re-read that part a couple of times. One of his mistresses? Implying that he had several?

      Man, those old school geeks really got around.

    • Taken together Newton and Einstein had on average a normal sex life.
    • by k6mfw ( 1182893 )
      Statement of the month! Yes, one of those PBS documentaries mentioned you see a group of women, Einstein will be in the center.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Why would the Hebrew University of Israel, in the center of the Religiocentric Region of the world want to keep documents published by Albert Einstein who discovered Relativity and is an atheist?

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Because his mom was a Jew. Seriously, it doesn't get any deeper than that.
    • yeah, and i want to see "Einstein's solution to the Arab/Israeli conflict, i wonder if that document has not been "doctored up" since it was written
      • yeah, and i want to see "Einstein's solution to the Arab/Israeli conflict, i wonder if that document has not been "doctored up" since it was written

        The solution is: e=mc^2. Israel has apparently already manufactured the device.

      • The doctoring up (or skewed interpretation ) won't have happened in the actual document. This usually happens in the articles about the document.
        Yesterday this was published, which discusses just such a case (namely another article in the independent) [] .
        Einstein's proposal does not suport the idea of a jewish state. There is a lot of mythology about Einstein being supportive of zionism. He was not - not in the sense it's used now. Says Fred Jerome http://www []

        • To quote Jerry Haber ( Yes, there was a humanistic Zionism -- the Zionism of Buber, Magnes, Einstein, Arendt, Kohn, Ernst Simon -- but it died with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 21, 2012 @06:26PM (#39434081)

      It's possible the article may shed some light on this.

      "Albert Einstein was a founder of the Hebrew University and one of its most loyal supporters. In his will he bequeathed all of his writings and intellectual heritage to the Hebrew University, including the rights to the use of his image."

    • by EnsilZah ( 575600 ) <.EnsilZah. .at.> on Wednesday March 21, 2012 @07:54PM (#39435141)

      As an atheist, a resident of Jerusalem and a student of an institution that's part of the Hebrew University campus I find it hard to imagine what kind of misapprehension of Israel and its academic institutions you might have to make that kind of comment.

      • You do have to admit, being an atheist in Jerusalem, from what I'm told and what I've seen of the city myself, really does suck. Other cities/states/countries have blue laws. Jerusalem has non-blue laws as the exception. The whole city apparatus is bent around accomodating the Haredim and the Arabs.

    • Apparently he wasn't an atheist. He seemed to be something of a agnostic/deist/pantheist/Spinozan.'s_religious_views#Agnosticism_and_rejection_of_atheism []

    • Because Jews respect human intellect. You would have to be anti-jewish to not keep them.

    • by ebs16 ( 1069862 )
      Israel is a pretty secular country with booming tech and science industries. Climb out of your hole.
    • Most of Einstein's thoughts are summarized in his book 'Ideas & Opinions', which I had as a kid. In that, in one of his writings on Religion & Science, he wrote that 'Religion w/o science is blind, and science w/o religion is lame'. That's a far cry from the average Atheist that one would imagine. I've read that book. Einstein was a socialist who somewhat romanticized the Soviet Union, but wanted the transformation to socialism to be a persuasive exercise.

      The above AC who said that he compared

    • Because Einstein was a Jew and a Cultural Zionist, as I recall, something like one of the founders or early Presidents of Hebrew University.

  • by Fluffeh ( 1273756 ) on Wednesday March 21, 2012 @05:57PM (#39433799)

    I can't help but think that this is wonderful that the Hebrew University of Jerusalem went out and did this. I am sure that they are riding the good PR wave and all, but it is a wonderful thing to have someone in this day and age find funds to make something and give it away for free. Truly wonderful.

  • by Cazekiel ( 1417893 ) on Wednesday March 21, 2012 @06:00PM (#39433829)

    There was a story I'd heard of Einstein years ago (who knows if it's true) , wherein after talking a while with a student on campus, he asked the student, "Tell me; where was I walking from when we met?" The student pointed toward the dining commons; Einstein smiled and said, "Ah, good, I ate lunch then."

    • by Opyros ( 1153335 )
      I've seen this anecdote many times, but nearly always with Norbert Wiener in place of Einstein.
  • The search page says "Since many items in the Einstein Archives can presently be dated only within a certain range of uncertainty...". So it seems they experience trouble determining simultaneously where the document is and when he wrote it.
  • by decora ( 1710862 ) on Wednesday March 21, 2012 @06:51PM (#39434389) Journal

    i searched through and not once, not even once, does he mention linux.

  • Why not post the documents in a format which is accessible instead of zoomable small windows? Even to watch small documents like the grades of Einstein at highschool, one needs to zoom in and watch the document at differentheights just to read the grades. I understand that such institutions want to protect their exhibit from being copied, but in this case the archiv is almost useless. Its certainly work in progress also since when accessing the database most is not linked to the actual documents. Simplicit
  • The good part is of course that they make it available. Universities should do that and not publish in journals where you have to pay to have access to publicly funded research. The sad part is that they had to use flash for the site.

    Or is that on purpose so that I can't download the documents as simple Pdf files? I don't know if I miss anything, but the documents are only available via flash?

  • Some documents have been translated

    I wonder why, he spoke and wrote very good German.

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