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Einstein Papers Project


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.

Online access to Einstein's Collected Papers


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The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein series now covers Einstein's life and work up to his 46th birthday. It presents, as annotated full text, 400 writings by Einstein and 3,450 letters written by and to him. An additional 2,654 documents appear in abstract.

Einstein Archives Online

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.


Gravitational waves do exist, as has been announced today with great joy by the scientists of the LIGO collaboration, after more than two decades of intensive experimental work.  Collaborative work on the historiography of 20th century physics by the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science carried out over many years has recently shown that the prediction of gravitational waves emerged almost exactly 100 years ago, in mid-February 1916, from an exchange of letters between Albert Einstein and the astronomer Karl Schwarzschild. See the full story here. (11 February 2016) 2-11-16

On February 4, 2016, the Association of American Publishers  conferred the 2016 AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS and the 2016 AWARD FOR BEST IN PHYSICAL SCIENCES & MATHEMATICS/EPRODUCT to Princeton University Press for our Digital Edition of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein.

One Hundred Years of General Relativity Celebrated at Caltech:

On February 16, 2016, the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Einstein Papers Project present an exhibition of Einstein manuscripts, calculations, letters, books, and photographs housed at the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The exhibit runs February 16-22 in Dabney Lounge after which time it will be moved to the Einstein Papers Project. (pdf)

The opening lecture will take place February 16, 2016, 4pm in Dabney Lounge. Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund, former President of the Hebrew University, will speak on: "The Genesis of General Relativity: Documented and Visualized." The event is open to the general public.

On Thursday March 10, 2016, Prof. Jürgen Renn, Director, Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, will deliver the 6th Biennial Bacon Award Public Lecture on "The Genesis and Transformation of General Relativity" at 4pm in Baxter Hall, Caltech. The lecture will be the opening event of GENERAL RELATIVITY AT ONE HUNDRED: THE 6th BIENNIAL BACON CONFERENCE. 2-4-16

Einstein's Legacy: An Origins Project Panel took place on 22 February 2016 at Arizona State University. Frank Wilczek, Kip Thorne, and Diana K. Buchwald joined Lawrence Krauss in discussing insights into Einstein and his most famous work, exciting developments in physics, and what we can expect in the next 100 years from this groundbreaking theory. 2-11-16

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