Albert Einstein (1879–1955), one of the foremost scientists and public figures of the 20th century, revolutionized our views of time and space, matter and light, gravitation and the universe.
The Einstein Papers Project is engaged in one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing ventures undertaken in the history of science. The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein provides the first complete picture of Einstein’s massive written legacy.
A unique resource: You can access our database of 80,000 records of all known Einstein manuscripts and correspondence and also search the full text of 2,000 digitized items.
Established in 1790, the Amsterdam Genootschap ter Bevordering van Natuur- Genees- en Heelkunde organizes meetings, bestows awards and supports activities in the fields of Science and Medicine. Most prestigious of their awards is the gold Genootschaps Medal for exceptional accomplishments in one of the fields in which the Genootschap is active. Einstein received the gold medal in 1923.
In preparation for another Spotlight entry “Serendipitous Connection” (EPP news 3-20-2013) we contacted colleagues, at the University of Amsterdam who are board members of the Genootschap, about the use of one of their images on our website. To our surprise and delight, Dr. Ron van Noorden and Dr. Marieke Kranenburg, of the University of Amsterdam, contacted the Dutch company that has manufactured the Genootschaps Medal since its inception.
Thanks to our colleagues in the Netherlands we now have the image featured in today's Spotlight entry. It is a copy of the medal that Einstein received in 1923. We are very grateful to our colleagues in the Netherlands! 04-10-13
Editor's Guest Blog
Senior Editor, Tilman Sauer, guest authored an entry on George Musser’s Critical Opalescence blog at Scientific American online. Musser explains in his introduction “The latest volume of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, which contains Einstein’s publications, draft papers, letters, and scribblings from January 1922 through March 1923, shows that his deep concerns with the quantum predated his well-known duels with Niels Bohr and played a major role in shaping the emerging theory.” Sauer describes Einstein’s untiring application to theoretical and experimental explorations in the early years of quantum theory including his scientific dialogues with Paul Ehrenfest.
Further reading related to those very dialogues may be found in an Annalen der Physik article co-authored by Sauer and another EPP Editor, Issachar Unna. The article, Einstein, Ehrenfest and the quantum measurement problem, demonstrates how a paper that Einstein and Ehrenfest themselves co-authored was a prescient description of “what would later be recognized as a central conceptual difficulty of quantum mechanics”. 03-20-13