Newly revealed Albert Einstein letters provide glimpse into his genius mind

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In a 1935 letter written from the United States to his son Hans Albert in Switzerland, Einstein, who was Jewish, expressed concern about the deteriorating situation in Europe and the rise of the Nazi party in Germany.

The collection includes other letters Einstein exchanged with his friend and fellow scientist, Michele Besso about the theories he was working on.

Einstein was one of the founding fathers of the Hebrew University. While the scientific context of many of these calculations is not yet clear, an initial description was provided by Prof.

The letter begins with Albert Einstein apologizing for not answering a previous message because he was "so much in the claws of the mathematical devil that I don't get around to any personal writing at all, because I am chasing after hopeless goals that my head is good for nothing of a contemplative nature".

Gutfreund, a physics professor and former president of the university, said the eight-page appendix of the 1930 unified theory paper had never been published, though researchers had copies of it. The paper was a significant milestone in his many attempts to formulate a single unified theory for gravitation and electromagnetism.

"These papers show how Einstein's creative brain worked, what bothered him and in which order he wrote down his thoughts and conclusions", Gutfreund added.

In the letter to his son, he writes that "in Germany things are slowly starting to change". This idea later became the basis of laser technology. "But I prefer to feel ashamed than to learn it", another paragraph reads, referring to Besso who was learning Hebrew. In one of their letters, Einstein wrote with a touch of sarcasm that he "as a "Jewish saint" must feel ashamed at the fact that I know next to nothing of it. Let's just hope we won't have a Europe war first". "If they would have come down hard a year and a half ago, it would have been better and easier".

Einstein's cousin Karen Cortell Reisman flew in from Texas to attend the arrival of the new manuscripts.

"The only thing I inherited from Albert Einstein is his hair texture, the frizzy hair", Reisman said laughingly.

The documents give a glimpse into Einstein's personal life and moments of self doubt that the scholar has experienced.

The Chicago-based Crown-Goodman Family Foundation purchased the 110 pages, most of which have never been publicly displayed, from a private collector in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and donated them to Hebrew University.

HU Einstein Archives contains more than 80,000 items, including photographs, manuscripts, and letters, making it the most extensive collection of Einstein documents.



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