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As reported by the New York Times, Princeton University Press has just recently released the Digital Einstein Papers collection, which is a fee-to-access website containing thousands of documents and files of the world-famous scientist Albert Einstein.
The Digital Einstein contains more than 5000 documents that include papers, letters, postcards, diaries and notebooks that the famous scientist left behind at the time of his death in 1955. A large portion of the documents were gathered from Princeton, from random attics and shoeboxes, and from various other sources around the world that Einstein used as storage spaces.
The scientist left the copyrights to his work in the hands of Princeton University when he died, and since 1986, Hebrew University of Jerusalem along with Princeton, have remained involved in an enormous effort to study more than 80,000 documents left behind by Einstein. The collaborative project has made more than 5000 documents available online to the public for free. The documents, which were published before in the form of a book, currently consist of 13 volumes out of a total of 30. More documents will be made available on the website shortly.
Professor of physics and the history of science at the California Institute of Technology, Diana Kormos-Buchwald says that the project is still a work-in-progress and that the next volume will consist of more than 1000 documents and is going to be released soon. She is one of the main translators and editors involved in the project.
The documents are available for the readers both in English and in German, which was the main language used by Einstein, and include everything from the scientist’s love letters, letters to his friends and high school transcript to academic essays about the political and cultural life of the day.