Starting this week, for the first time ever, large volumes of Albert Einstein’s unreleased work will be made available to the public, for free. The newly released files contain over 5,000 documents, which include, letters, papers, postcards, notebooks and diaries that were left behind by Einstein when he died in 1955.
The documents were collected from various different sources all over the world, including random attics and shoeboxes that Einstein used as storage places. However, a large portion of the archives did come from Princeton university where they were stored. Einstein had a copyright agreement with the university which stated that they would be granted publishing rights to his work when he died.
The new Digital Einstein website features complete translated versions of The Einstein Papers Project, which can be viewed in English and in German as they were written originally.
The project is a work in progress, although only 13 of the expected 30 volumes have been released so far, the work that has been released is already available online, with periodic updates as more progress is made.
Diana Kormos-Buchwald, a professor of physics and the history of science at the California Institute of Technology, is one of the main translators involved in the project. She told the New York Times this week that the next volume will include over 1,000 documents, and could be released as soon as next month.
The volumes that are already available for viewing include everything from Einstein’s love letters, his divorce file, his high school transcript and letters that were written back and forth between friends, which reveal some of his deepest thoughts.
The project is being completed chronological order, and currently runs up until 1923, when Einstein turned 44.
Check out the archives for yourself, at the following LINK.
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