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Now, see Albert Einstein's E=MC2 original scribble online

London, Tue, 20 Mar 2012 ANI

London, Mar 20 (ANI): Albert Einstein's note on which he first scrawled the revolutionary E=MC2 equation has been put on public display for the first time as part of a major online digital archive.


The astonishing collection includes more than 80,000 documents belonging to Albert Einstein which include revealing personal documents, including his wedding announcement, a letter in which he proposes a way to solve the Jewish-Arab conflict - and even a cheeky note from a six-year-old schoolgirl telling to renowned mathematician to get a hair cut.


"Dear Mr Einstein, I am a little girl of six. I saw your picture in the paper. I think you ought to have your hair cut, so you can look better," the girl says in the letter.


Einstein, who died in 1955, bequeathed his papers to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which he co-founded.


The entire archive holds more than 80,000 documents but the university said it has only so far posted online material dating through 1922. It has just completed the first major upload of material.


The rest will be digitized in time, said Hanoch Gutfreund, a university professor who is responsible for Einstein's intellectual property. The project should culminate in all the documents being available to the public with the click of a button.


They will include English translations, since most papers were written in German, and academic notes.


"It will make this access much easier, not only for the general public but also for interested academics because they will be able to browse through the 80,000 documents," the Daily Mail quoted Gutfreund as saying.


"And they will be able to use, to benefit, from the most sophisticated technological tools of categorisation, cross-referencing, looking at key words, looking at related documents.


"Ultimately everything will be there - digitized, annotated, transcripted, translated.


"So, this is going to be not only something to, you know, to satisfy the curiosity of the curious but it also will be a great educational and research tool for academics," he said. (ANI)


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