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Einstein Papers Project in Pasadena, California, United States

The Einstein Papers Project (EPP) produces the historical edition of the writings and correspondence of Albert Einstein. The EPP collects, transcribes, translates, annotates, and publishes materials from Einstein's literary estate and a multitude of other repositories, which hold Einstein-related historical sources. The staff of the project is an international collaborative group of scholars, editors, researchers, and administrators working on the ongoing authoritative edition, The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein (CPAE).

The EPP was established by Princeton University Press (PUP) in 1977 at the Institute for Advanced Study. The founding editor of the project was professor of physics John Stachel. In 1984, the project moved from Princeton to Stachel's home institution, Boston University. The first volume of the CPAE was published by PUP in 1987. The following year, historian of science Martin J. Klein of Yale University was appointed senior editor of the project. Volumes 1-6 and 8 of the series were completed during the project's time in Boston.

In 2000, professor of history Diana Kormos-Buchwald was appointed general editor and director of the EPP and established offices for the project at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) In Pasadena, California. Volumes 7 and 9-15 of the CPAE have been completed since the project's move to Caltech. (Volume 11 in the series is a comprehensive index and bibliography to Volumes 1-10).

The CPAE volumes include Einstein's books, his published and unpublished scientific and non-scientific articles, his lecture and research notebooks, travel diaries, book reviews, appeals, and reliable records of his lectures, speeches, interviews with the press, and other oral statements. The volumes also include his professional, personal, and political correspondence. Each annotated volume, referred to as the documentary edition, presents full text documents in their original language, primarily German. Introductions, endnotes, texts selected for inclusion as abstracts, etc. are in English. Volume 15 of the CPAE is the most recent publication in the series; the first fifteen volumes cover Einstein's life up to his 48th birthday in 1927. PUP publishes the series. With each documentary edition, the EPP simultaneously publishes a companion English translation volume.

The EPP collaborates with the Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In his last will and testament, Einstein bequeathed his literary estate and his personal papers to the Hebrew University. The project and the archives maintain and update a shared archival database of 90,000+ records, freely accessible online. Support for the project comes from PUP, endowments from individuals and universities, the National Science Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In late 2014, the EPP and PUP launched The Digital Einstein Papers.[1] The website presents the complete contents of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volumes 1-14. The project volumes are reproduced online as fully searchable PDFs. All documents and endnotes are linked to provide seamless transitions between the original language documentary edition and English translations. Subsequent volumes will be added to the website approximately eighteen months after their release in print. It is projected that there will be thirty volumes in the series. Eventually, the Digital Einstein Papers website will provide access to all of Einstein's writings and correspondence accompanied by scholarly annotation and apparatus.

Albert Einstein.
  • The Early Years: 1879-1902  is the first volume in the series.
  • The Swiss Years: 1900-1914  and The Berlin Years: 1914-1927  followed through volume 15 in two parallel and extensively cross-referenced branches:
    • Writings:  published and previously unpublished articles, lecture notes, research notes, accounts of his lectures, speeches, interviews, book reviews, etc.
    • Correspondence:  letters, travel diaries, calendars, documents about Einstein by third parties, etc.

Contents

The early years: 1879-1902Edit

Volume 1 - Collected Papers 1879-1902Edit

Includes many previously unpublished documents, e.g. class notes for Heinrich Friedrich Weber's lectures on thermodynamics and electromagnetism during Einstein's second year at ETH Zurich, etc.

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 1, The Early Years: 1879-1902. [2]
Editors: John Stachel et al.   ISBN 0-691-08407-6, 1987.

The Swiss years: 1900-1914Edit

Volume 2 - Writings 1900-1909Edit

Includes Einstein's first (1900) published paper after his graduation from ETH Zurich, the Annus Mirabilis Papers, text of his invited lecture after his first academic appointment to the University of Zurich, etc.

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 2, The Swiss Years: Writings, 1900-1909. [3]
Editors: John Stachel et al.   ISBN 0-691-08526-9, 1989.

Volume 3 - Writings 1909-1911Edit

Includes Einstein's report to the first Solvay Conference, his appointment to the Charles University in Prague, his paper calculating gravitational bending of light, previously unpublished lecture notes, etc.

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 3, The Swiss Years: Writings, 1909-1911. [4]
Editors: Martin J. Klein et al.   ISBN 0-691-08772-5, 1993.

Volume 4 - Writings 1912-1914Edit

Includes a previously unpublished manuscript on relativity and electrodynamics, a notebook documenting his preparation for his first joint paper (1913, with Marcel Grossmann), previously unknown calculations with Michele Besso on the motion of the perihelion of Mercury, etc.

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 4, The Swiss Years: Writings, 1912-1914. [5]
Editors: Martin J. Klein et al.   ISBN 0-691-03705-1, 1995.

Volume 5 - Correspondence 1902-1914Edit

Includes more than five hundred previously unpublished letters to and from Einstein in his early adulthood, from his first employment at the Swiss patent office in 1902 through his appointment to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in 1914. Correspondents included Max von Laue, Paul Ehrenfest, Alfred Kleiner, Fritz Haber, Walther Nernst, etc.

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 5, The Swiss Years: Correspondence, 1902-1914. [6]
Editors: Martin J. Klein et al.   ISBN 0-691-03322-6, 1993.

The Berlin years: 1914-1927Edit

Volume 6 - Writings 1914-1917Edit

Includes papers describing Einstein's only experimental physics investigation, a study of André-Marie Ampère's molecular current theory of electromagnetism with Wander Johannes de Haas; etc.

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 6, The Berlin Years: Writings, 1914-1917. [7]
Editors: A. J. Kox et al.   ISBN 0-691-01086-2, 1996.

Volume 7 - Writings 1918-1921Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 7, The Berlin Years: Writings, 1918-1921. [8]
Editors: Michel Janssen et al.   ISBN 0-691-05717-6, 2002.

Volume 8 - Correspondence 1914-1918Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 8, The Berlin Years: Correspondence, 1914-1918. [9]
Editors: R. Schulmann et al.   In two volumes. ISBN 0-691-04849-5, 1997.

Volume 9 - Correspondence January 1919-April 1920Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 9, The Berlin Years: Correspondence, January 1919 - April 1920. [10]
Editors: Diana Kormos-Buchwald et al.   ISBN 0-691-12088-9, 2004.

Volume 10 - Correspondence May–December 1920, Supplementary Correspondence 1909-1920Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 10, The Berlin Years: Correspondence, May–December 1920, and Supplementary Correspondence, 1909-1920. [11]
Editors: Diana Kormos-Buchwald et al.   ISBN 0-691-12825-1, 2006.

Volume 11 - Cumulative Index, Bibliography, List of Correspondence, Chronology, and Errata to Volumes 1 - 10Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 11, Cumulative Index, Bibliography, List of Correspondence, Chronology, and Errata to Volumes 1 - 10. [12]
Editors: Diana Kormos-Buchwald et al.   ISBN 978-0-691-14187-9, 2009.

Volume 12 - The Berlin Years: Correspondence, January - December 1921Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 12, The Berlin Years: Correspondence, January - December 1921. [13]
Editors: Diana Kormos-Buchwald et al.   ISBN 9780691141909, 2009.

Volume 13 - The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, January 1922 - March 1923Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 13, The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, January 1922 - March 1923. [14]
Editors: Diana Kormos-Buchwald et al.   ISBN 9780691156743, 2012.

Volume 14 - The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, April 1923 - May 1925Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 14, The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, April 1923 - May 1925. [15]
Editors: Diana Kormos-Buchwald et al.   ISBN 978-0691164106, 2015.

Volume 15 - The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, June 1925 - May 1927Edit

  • The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, Volume 15, The Berlin Years: Writings & Correspondence, June 1925 - May 1927.[16]
Editors: Diana Kormos-Buchwald et al. ISBN 978-0691178813, 2018.

The Digital Einstein PapersEdit

The Digital Einstein Papers[17] is an open-access site for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein. The site presents volumes 1–13 and will add subsequent volumes in the series roughly two years after original book publication. The volumes are presented in the original language version with in-depth English language annotation and other scholarly apparatus. In addition, the reader can toggle to an English language translation of most documents. By clicking on the unique archival identifier number below each text, readers can access the archival record of each published document at the Einstein Archives Online and in some cases, the digitized manuscript.[18] The launch of The Digital Einstein Papers has attracted broad attention in the press so far, with coverage ranging from The New York Times[19] to The Wall Street Journal.[20]

TrusteesEdit

The trustees of Einstein's literary estate were:[21]

EditorsEdit

The editors of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein were:[22]

  • John Stachel: First Editor, volumes 1, 2
  • Martin J. Klein: Editor, volumes 3, 4, 5, 6
  • Robert Schulmann: Editor, volumes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; Associate Editor, volumes 1, 2
  • A. J. Kox: Editor, volumes 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 15; Associate Editor, volumes 7, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14
  • Tilman Sauer: Editor, volumes 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; Contributing Editor, volume 4
  • Jürgen Renn: Editor, volumes 3, 4; Assistant Editor, volumes 1, 2
  • Michel Janssen: Editor, volumes 7, 8
  • Christoph Lehner: Editor, volume 7
  • Virginia Iris Holmes: Editor, volumes 10, 12
  • Osik Moses: Editor, volumes 11, 14; Associate Editor, volumes 12, 13
  • Dennis Lehmkuhl: Editor, volume 15; Associate Editor, volumes 13, 14
  • Issachar Unna: Associate Editor, volumes 13, 14, 15

Current editors of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein are:[23]

  • Diana Kormos-Buchwald: Director & General Editor, Robert M. Abbey Professor of History at Caltech. A historian of modern physical science.
  • Ze'ev Rosenkranz: Senior Editor & Assistant Director, past Curator of the Albert Einstein Archives, Jerusalem.
  • Emily de Araújo: Assistant Editor & Public Relations Administrator.
  • Rudy Hirschmann: IT Manager.
  • Jennifer Nollar James: Associate Editor.

Executive CommitteeEdit

The current Executive Committee members of the project are:[24]

  • Yemima Ben Menahem: Professor, Department of Philosophy (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • John L. Heilbron: Visiting Associate in History, Division of the Humanities and Social Sceinces (California Institute of Technology)
  • Daniel J. Kevles: Professor Emeritus, Department of History (Yale University)
  • Naomi E. Leonard: Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (Princeton University)
  • John D. Norton: Professor, Department of History and Philosophy of Science (University of Pittsburgh)
  • Barbara Oberg: Professor, Department of History (Princeton University)
  • Moshe Sluhovsky: Professor and Chair, Department of History, Vigevani Chair in European Studies (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Joseph H. Taylor: Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics (Princeton University)
  • Kip S. Thorne: Professor Emeritus, Divison of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy (California Institute of Technology)
  • Sean Wilentz: Professor, Department of History (Princeton University)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ "Volume 12 - Einstein Papers Project at Caltech". Einstein.caltech.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  14. ^ "Volume 13 - Einstein Papers Project at Caltech". Einstein.caltech.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  15. ^ "Volume 14 - Einstein Papers Project at Caltech". Einstein.caltech.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  16. ^ "Volume 15 - Einstein Papers Project at Caltech". www.einstein.caltech.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  17. ^ "Digital Einstein Papers Home". Einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  18. ^ "About". Einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  19. ^ "Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-01-03.
  20. ^ Isaacson, Walter (2014-12-05). "What Could Be Lost as Einstein's Papers Go Online". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  21. ^ "The History of the Albert Einstein Archives". The Albert Einstein Archives at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Past Editors and Staff - Einstein Papers Project at Caltech". www.einstein.caltech.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
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  24. ^ "Executive Committee - Einstein Papers Project at Caltech". www.einstein.caltech.edu. Retrieved 2019-05-31.

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