All those who are interested in knowing more about the genius scientist Albert Einstein can do so as the Princeton University has posted the online version of its ‘Einstein Papers Project’ for the public where the enthusiasts can read through the personal documents, letters, birth certificates and many more about him.
The project report carries about 5,000 pages of the prominent scientist’s personal documents, notebooks, birth certificate, postcards and letters that are fully translated and annotated. The report also includes a huge collection of his high school transcript as well as divorce file.
The university’s project report offers readers with a close insight about the life of Einstein. The researchers say it will bring a different Einstein than most knew.
Besides being the incredible scientific phenomenon, Einstein was very much like the common man in other aspects of life. The man who is known as ‘a scientific genius’ was not a good student during his school life.
Historian Matt Stanley, of New York University, said, “He was disrespectful to his professors and skipped classes because he knew he could pass anyway. So, when he asked for recommendations, he didn’t get them.”
According to the report, Einstein loved spending his quality time debating science and philosophy and hanging out in beer halls.
Einstein had described his wife and himself as “dead drunk under the table” in a 1915 postcard to his friend, named Conrad Habicht.
Einstein was also very romantic person. Stanley describes him as “irresistible to women”.
After World War I, he became concentrated on pacifism. In a letter to his friend Carl Herman Unthan, Einstein wrote: “I must admit that it always pains me when the few little blossoms that grew in my flowerbed must suffer by being used to decorate the banner of nationalism. For I am a pacifist and, in these times of hate, am steadily intent on encouraging reconciliation.”
In another letter dated May 7, 1912 to friend Elsa Lowenthal, he wrote: “Both of us are poor devils, each shackled to his unrelenting duties. I cannot tell you how sorry I am for you, and how much I would like to be something to you. But if we give in to our affection for each other, only confusion and misfortune will result. You know this only too well. I love you. I would be happy if I were allowed to walk a few steps at your side even if only from time to time, or if I could otherwise rejoice in being close to you.”