Hebrew U Launches Expanded Einstein Archives Website (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/20/12)
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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem held a press conference on Monday
to launch the updated and expanded Einstein Archives website, which
contains a complete catalog of more than 80,000 documents in the
Universityís Einstein Archives.
The archive includes more than 40,000 documents contained in Albert
Einsteinís personal papers and over 30,000 additional Einstein and
Einstein-related documents discovered, since the 1980s, by the
Einstein Archives staff and the editors of The Collected Papers of
The launch was simultaneously marked at Princeton University Press
(PUP) and the Einstein Papers Project (EPP) at the California
Institute of Technology (Caltech), which have collaborated with the
Hebrew University in a long-term project to publish The Collected
Papers of Albert Einstein, one of the most ambitious publishing
ventures ever undertaken in the documentation of the history of
science. Thanks to the these two institutionsí ongoing participation,
the enhanced website makes it possible to link each document to its
printed and annotated version as it appears in the "Collected
Papers," and to its English translation,(since most of Einsteinís
papers were originally written in German). The websiteís launch was
simultaneously marked by the Hebrew University´s Friends
organizations and Israeli embassies around the world.
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.
The newly launched digitization project is funded by the Polonsky
Foundation UK. Through his foundation, Dr. Leonard Polonsky has
initiated similar enterprises, such as the digitization of the
writings of Sir Isaac Newton at the University of Cambridge, which
attracted 29 million hits within the first 24 hours after its launch.
The previous site, which was launched in 2003 in conjunction with EPP
and PUP, has until now presented 43,000 records of documents and 900
manuscripts in Einsteinís own hand, whose digitization was made
possible by a generous contribution from the David and Fela Shapell
Family Foundation in Los Angeles, California.
The expanded site will initially feature a visual display of about
2,000 selected documents amounting to 7,000 pages related to
Einsteinís scientific work, public activities and private life up to
the year 1921. Advanced search technology will enable the display of
all related documents by subject, and, in the case of letters, by
author and recipient.
According to Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund, former president of the Hebrew
University and the academic head of the Einstein Archive, "The
renewed site is another expression of the Hebrew University´s intent
to share with the entire cultural world this vast intellectual
property which has been deposited into its hand by Einstein himself.Ē
The press conference took place at the Hebrew Universityís Edmond J.
Safra Campus in Givat Ram. Participants were able to navigate through
Einsteinís world and see documents that were not previously
accessible to the general public. Participants also toured the
Einstein Archive, which holds Einsteinís fully-catalogued private,
With books on philosophy, classical German literature and Judaism,
the library reveals the intellectual world of Einstein as a young Jew
in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century.
To view the Einstein Archives, visit www.alberteinstein.info
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/20/12)
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