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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.


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With the publication of its most recent Volume 16, The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein series now covers Einstein's life and work up to his 50th birthday. It presents, as annotated full text, 600 writings by Einstein and 4,000 letters written by and to him. An additional 4,500 documents appear in abstract.

Einstein Archives Online

A unique resource: You can access our database of 90,000+ records of all known Einstein manuscripts and correspondence and also search the full text of 2,000 digitized items.

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Cosmic Explorations: at the Intersection of Science, Space, Art, and Culture

Detail of Painting, The Muses Urania and Calliope by Simon Vouet with conference title superimposed

The Einstein Papers Project is pleased to collaborate with Caltech colleagues in the Center for Data-Driven Discovery and the Astronomy Department, along with various venerable institutions such as the Griffith Observatory and Jet Propulsion Laboratory on INSAP XI. The conference website, including the full program is online at Cosmic Explorations: at the Intersection of Science, Space, Art, and Culture.

Among the presenters are Einstein Papers Project colleagues Diana Kormos Buchwald and Daniel J. Kennefick. The abstract for Kennefick's talk, Tracing Shadows: How Astronomers predicted the perfect eclipse to test Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, follows. "In 1917, less than two years after Einstein had published his theory of General Relativity, the Astronomer Royal of England, Frank Dyson, argued that the eclipse of May 29, 1919 would be the perfect opportunity to test the theory’s key prediction that light is deflected by the Sun. How did Astronomers reach the point where they could so accurately predict the future? What were the implications for science and society? From Thales of Miletus to the present the history of eclipses traces the development of science."


Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons, detail of a painting by Simon Vouet The Muses Urania and Calliope

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