Target: Diana L. Kormos-Buchwald, director of the Einstein Papers Project
Goal: Support a new project hosting the research, personal letters and journals of Albert Einstein on an open access website, free to the public
Albert Einstein is widely thought to be the most brilliant scientific mind of the twentieth century. His genius, knowingly built upon the work of those who came before him, has forever influenced the fields of physics and philosophy. Now, thanks to a partnership between Princeton University Press, the California Institute of Technology and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, his work is more accessible than ever before.
The Digital Einstein Papers project allows curious minds of all sorts the opportunity to explore his scientific writings, lecture notes, journals, correspondence with contemporaries and even his love letters. There are also numerous writings on the subject of pacifism, which Einstein passionately supported throughout his life. “Wars present the most severe obstacle for the development of all endeavors, in particular all cultural goals that are essentially based on the cooperation of people from all nations,” he famously wrote. Such digitized documents are clearly as relevant today as they were when originally published.
Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute, has praised the project for its ability to “reinforce a basic truth about the digital age: By empowering everyone to get information unfiltered, it diminishes the role of gatekeepers and intermediaries.” Applaud the Digital Einstein Papers for sharing Einstein’s remarkable genius with the world: an effort the great scientist himself would no doubt have admired.
Dear Ms. Kormos-Buchwald,
Thanks to the Digital Einstein Papers, budding scientists and others from across the globe have unprecedented access to Albert Einstein’s far-ranging work. You have dubbed the project “the authoritative digital source for Einstein’s written legacy,” and have helped ensure it remains free for the world to learn from and enjoy.
This is no small feat! Einstein’s writings spanned both decades and disciplines, covering topics as seemingly diverse as theoretical physics, pacifism, philosophy, mathematics and love. Beyond its obvious educational value the project also serves to humanize one of the greatest geniuses the world has ever known. His brilliant analytical work stands alongside more personal correspondence, showing just how well-rounded and ahead of his time Einstein truly was.
As future collections of his work are published in print, additional documents will be posted to the website adding to the thousands already made available to the public. Thank you for your dedication to this expansive project, and for helping share Einstein’s thoughts and discoveries with the world.
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