Feature: Albert Einstein's documents revealed on his 140th birthday

Newly revealed Albert Einstein letters provide glimpse into his genius mind

Newly revealed Albert Einstein letters provide glimpse into his genius mind

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".

Describing the paper, Hebrew University said: "This article was one of many in Einstein's attempts to unify the forces of nature into one, single theory and he devoted the last 30 years of his life to this effort".

Einstein had also expressed his reservation about the Nazi party years earlier, when he wrote a letter in August 1922 to his younger sister, Maja.

In his will, Einstein bequeathed his personal and professional writings to the university, of which he was one of the founders.

The handwritten page, part of an appendix to a 1930 paper on the Nobel winner's efforts towards a unified field theory, was discovered among the 110-page trove the university's Albert Einstein archives received some two weeks ago.

The manuscripts, which have never been published or viewed by the public, offer new insight into the inner workings of Einstein's mathematical mind.

The most intimate manuscript, however, is a letter Einstein wrote to his son Hans Albert in 1935 warning him of the rise of Nazi Germany.

Personal correspondence between Einstein and his lifelong friend and fellow scientist Michele Besso show his more humanistic side.

Einstein was impressed that Besso was learning Hebrew and joked about not knowing the language himself.

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The collection was recently donated to the university which hosts the largest collection of original documents written by the Nobel Prize victor.

"The scientific connection of many of these calculations is still not clear". Diana Kormos-Buchwald of the Einstein Papers Project to decipher the scientific and mathematical contexts for numerous calculations in this new collection.

"The German armament must be extremely risky", he wrote to his son in 1935, worrying about the rise of Nazi Germany and the war that was brewing.

Einstein, who left Germany just before Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, renounced his German citizenship that year.

Present at the event was Karen Cortell Reisman whose father was Einstein's cousin.

"In every letter exchanged between them, they refer to something scientific".

"I didn't really want a piece of china or silver; just this letter", she told the audience in Jerusalem. "I can not explain to you the theory of relativity".

The pages have now been digitized, providing greater accessibility to his work. For Gutfreund and his excited colleagues, it was a reason to celebrate.

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