# Einstein's papers digitized

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is scanning and posting more than 80,000 documents from the University's Einstein Archives and the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech. Seen above is a snip from a manuscript titled "E=mc2: The Most Urgent Problem of our Time," published in a 1946 issue of Science Illustrated. The paper is only one of three handwritten documents containing the formula. Einstein Archives Online

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Einstein uses CGS! Breaks my heart a little as an SI man, myself. It’s going to make these harder to read and understand for me.

1. That’s because he was scientist.

2. awjt says:

That is the weirdest cursive capital E I’ve ever seen. It’s like a drawing of a sperm with a dorsal fin.

1. ffabian says:

Probably Sütterlin script, a form of old German blackletter handwriting.

3. When Einstein was a child and blurted out in class the wrong answer to a question because he was over thinking the definition of something, like Kilometers per hour, did the person he was talking to say, “Way to go EINSTEIN!”

If he answered a question that was clearly “above” his perceived intelligence did his teacher say, “Who do you think you are, Newton?” (which genius did they use to compare him to?”

If Einstein came up with that kind of ground breaking insight today working for the Wall Street (who hires lots of math geniuses)  what would they say?

“That’s very clever,  Einstein. That and a three bucks will get you a latte. The question is, “How can you monetize this? How can we use this to work the system

1. Brainspore says:

If Einstein came up with that kind of ground breaking insight today working for the Wall Street (who hires lots of math geniuses)  what would they say?

4. Mark Dow says:

If you’re in a car going 3.6×10^3 cm/sek, and light travels at 3×10^10 cm/sek, how long does light take to go 3×10^10 cm?

1. awjt says:

42

1. ffabian says:

… and that’s surprising for you? He was born in Germany and lived most of his adult life there.

1. He moved to Switzerland at the age of 16. Anyway, the written language there is still German.

1. ffabian says:

… and returned to Germany 1914 (living in Berlin) and left 1933 (for obvious reasons).

6. why has this been kept in the first place?

7. I have seen a photo of a 1905 (Annus Mirabilis) manuscript of the paper. Einstein did not use the letters E=mc^2 at all. I did just google it and found that he started using those letters at least ten years later. His first handwritten and first published version did not even isolate E on one side of the equation as far as I recall. I have seen the paper and English translations on line and am amazed at how short it. Like maybe four pages.

8. Now, we have to have someone do the Curies. Do you know that the pages are (still) radioactive enough to warrant them being stored in a lead box?