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Albert Einstein online archive is extended

Albert Einstein online archive is extended
March 20th, 2012
Author: Economic Voice Staff

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has updated and expanded the Albert Einstein online archives.

The archive now contains a complete catalogue of over 80,000 documents. This includes more than 40,000 from Einstein’s personal papers and over 30,000 from documents related to the great man. Many of these had been found after the 1980s.

Albert Einstein was a founder of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and had left the rights to use his intellectual property including his image to the university.

Previously the archive had managed to put up an incomplete list of archive contents [1] and 900 manuscript images due to the support of Princeton University Press and the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology and funded by the David and Fela Shapell Family Foundation in Los Angeles, California. But with a grant from the Polonsky Foundation, which had previously digitised the hugely popular works of Sir Isaac Newton at the University of Cambridge, this huge body of work was able to be made available to the public worldwide.

We have every reason to believe that the launch of the expanded Einstein website will attract as much attention as the Newton papers. Clearly, there is a pent-up demand for open access to these intellectual treasures,” Dr. Polonsky is quoted as saying on the University’s website.

That’s some record to match as the Newton online collection took 29 million hits in its first 24 hours.

The expanded site’ says the University’s website ‘will initially feature a visual display of about 2,000 selected documents amounting to 7,000 pages related to Einstein’s scientific work, public activities and private life up to the year 1921. These documents are sorted according to five categories: scientific activity, the Jewish people, the Hebrew University, public activities and private life.’

The Archives, which have been enhanced with cross referencing technology, can be found HERE.


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