Albert Einstein's complete archives, including hundreds of love letters to his half-a-dozen lovers, groundbreaking research notes and scribblings in notebooks, are to go online for the first time.
Einstein was a German-Jew whose 80,000 items of paperwork are owned by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Up until now, only 900 manuscript images have been available online, plus an incomplete catalogue which lists only around 40 percent of the documents. These items have been online for some eight years now, but the newly-released documents will complete the picture. It includes never-before seen items from its environmentally-protected safe, photographing them in high resolution and posting them online, reports The Guardian.
It will offer the public a much bigger picture of the physicist and an insight the the man who was regarded as a scientific genius. A grant was received from Polonsky Foundation UK, which made the archiving possible. The foundation also helped to put Sir Isaac Newton's papers online too.
Currently, you can view just 43,000 document records and 900 manuscripts. The new material currently includes 7,000 pages in 2,000 documents covering Einstein’s life, work and science to 1921, according to The Register.
Many of the Einstein documents were not found until the 1980s.
One interesting document made public for the first time denies the much held view that Einstein's Jewish identity did not manifest until later in his career, as Hitler rose to power.