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Hebrew University adds new manuscripts to Albert Einstein archive

/ 10:06 PM March 06, 2019
Hebrew University adds new manuscripts to Albert Einstein archive

This June, 1954 file photo, shows physicist Albert Einstein in Princeton, N.J. Israel’s Hebrew University has obtained a “magnificent” collection of famed physicist Albert Einstein’s manuscripts, including computations and letters that reveal glimpses of the Nobel-winner’s personality. The university announced the acquisition Wednesday, March 6, 2019, ahead of Einstein’s 140th birthday. (AP Photo, File)

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Hebrew University said it has obtained a “magnificent” collection of Albert Einstein’s manuscripts, including a personal letter in which he expressed shame for not knowing the Hebrew language.

The university announced the acquisition on Wednesday ahead of the physicist’s 140th birthday, following a donation by the Crown-Goodman Foundation. The Chicago-based foundation purchased the 110-page collection from a private collector in North Carolina for an undisclosed sum.

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Among the documents are Einstein’s correspondences with lifelong friend Michele Besso. In one letter, Einstein praises Besso, a Christian of Jewish descent, for learning Hebrew. Einstein wrote that he “must feel ashamed” for not speaking Hebrew, “but I prefer to feel ashamed than to learn it.”

Einstein left most of his collection to the university after his death in 1955. /kga

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Hebrew University adds new manuscripts to Albert Einstein archive

This undated photo, released by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, shows an appendix to Albert Einstein’s 1930 unified theory written by the scientist, a part of the collection of 110 pages the Chicago-based Crown-Goodman Foundation purchased from a private collector in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and donated to Hebrew University. The university announced the acquisition Wednesday, March 6, 2019, ahead of Einstein’s 140th birthday. (Ardon Bar-Hama/Hebrew University via AP)

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