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Einstein’s documents get online boost

Albert Einstein’s online presence is taking a huge step forward, with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem moving to put thousands of his documents online.

A limited sample of the physicist’s papers had previously been available, but with the backing of the foundation that helped put Issac Newton’s work on the web, over 80,000 Einsteinian documents will be going online. In the first stage of the project, unveiled yesterday, 2,000 high-resolution images were released.

“It relates to different academic disciplines: physics and basic science, the history of science, the history of Zionism and of the Hebrew University,” said Menahem Ben-Sasson, president of the Hebrew University, in a statement. “I see great importance in the completion of another stage of the digitization project of the Einstein Archive.”

Eventually over 40,000 of Einstein’s personal papers and over 30,000 related documents will be online and linked to annotated and translated versions from the ‘Collected Papers’ published by Princeton University Press.

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