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University Makes 80,000 Einstein Documents Publicly Available

samzenpus posted about 2 years ago | from the what-do-you-think-Einstein? dept.

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orgelspieler writes "The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has scanned in some 80,000 of Albert Einstein's documents. According to the university's press release, the documents cover more than just scientific matters. The broad range of subjects include his solution to the Jewish-Arab conflict, a postcard to his mother, and a letter from one of his mistresses asking for assistance getting to America. Some documents have been translated and annotated and are completely searchable."

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Einstein's Brain now Open Source (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433535)

Richard M. Stallman interjects, science is put back 500 years. Children around the world use an app for deciding the best time to eat skin off your feet.

Re:Einstein's Brain now Open Source (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433637)

Word of warning: Sony.give rms a rimjob. He's got more dingleberries back there than you can count.

Truly a great man (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433573)

Not just a genius but had numerous mistresses when most nerds cant even get 1 girl. Yet another reason to admire him more.

Re:Truly a great man (2)

squidflakes (905524) | about 2 years ago | (#39433673)

Yeah, I had to re-read that part a couple of times. One of his mistresses? Implying that he had several?

Man, those old school geeks really got around.

Re:Truly a great man (5, Funny)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#39433711)

Yeah, I had to re-read that part a couple of times. One of his mistresses? Implying that he had several?

Well, the exact number depends on your frame of reference.

Re:Truly a great man (5, Funny)

squidflakes (905524) | about 2 years ago | (#39433779)

Good lord, do you mean to tell me that his mistresses gained mass the faster he went with them?

Re:Truly a great man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433809)

Yes. About a teaspoonful.

Re:Truly a great man (3, Informative)

treeves (963993) | about 2 years ago | (#39435353)

Teaspoonful is volume. If that were neutron star material...
[A neutron star is so dense that one teaspoon (5 milliliters) of its material would have a mass over 5.5×10^12 kg, about 900 times the mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza.]

Re:Truly a great man (1)

Whorhay (1319089) | about 2 years ago | (#39439603)

Listen here! You can't just go around using silly measurements like "mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza" This is /. and around here we use Libraries of Congress as the standard measure!

Re:Truly a great man (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433783)

Not just a genius but had numerous mistresses when most nerds cant even get 1 girl. Yet another reason to admire him more.

When you have money and/or fame women are not hard to get. Their basic nature is that of the whore, after all. That's not a totally bad thing, I mean it has the effect of making it more likely their children will be provided for. It is like a biological imperitive. It's still whorish though because it has nothing to do with who the man is, only with what he has. Anyway that is why women like to be with wealthy and/or powerful men. Not sure how wealthy Einstein was but he was well respected and quite influential to say the least.

Most nerds aren't world famous, don't make huge waves in entire disciplines, and don't command the respect Einstein did and still does. The whore-nature in most women passes them up. There is no gold for them to dig and no prestige for them to vicariously soak up and no promise that he can give any children a good life. But a nerdy, dorky, ugly man like Bill Gates had no problem meeting Melinda because he is quite wealthy. Not hard to see the pattern here.

Re:Truly a great man (5, Insightful)

Your.Master (1088569) | about 2 years ago | (#39433859)

I'm starting to form an alternative theory about why Einstein gets more tail than you do.

Re:Truly a great man (1)

19thNervousBreakdown (768619) | about 2 years ago | (#39433955)

Yeah, I bet it's because he respected women so much that he had to fuck other women on the sly, because his wife couldn't take all the thick, gooey respect.

Re:Truly a great man (1)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39434059)

Yeeea, I had some of the same problems with that, lol. I'm just gonna stick with "wow, he said cool shit!" and figure, in his words, "the rest is detail."

Re:Truly a great man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39434039)

It's the moustache.

Re:Truly a great man (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39434341)

I'm starting to form an alternative theory about why Einstein gets more tail than you do.

Ah so you're one of those "nice guys" who can't be honest about what he sees.

You definitely hear "let's just be friends" and "you're like a brother to me" more than I do. More than zero, specifically.

Re:Truly a great man (1)

Chris Burke (6130) | about 2 years ago | (#39434739)

You definitely hear "let's just be friends" and "you're like a brother to me" more than I do. More than zero, specifically.

Of course; why would a whore say that to her john unless he asked her to? And then you might have to pay extra for the "brother" thing. ew.

Re:Truly a great man (2)

EdIII (1114411) | about 2 years ago | (#39434793)

I'm starting to form an alternative theory about why Einstein gets more tail than you do.

Ah so you're one of those "nice guys" who can't be honest about what he sees.

You definitely hear "let's just be friends" and "you're like a brother to me" more than I do. More than zero, specifically.

There is a difference between being honest and just being a misogynistic asshole.

Whore is a degrading word that indicates a woman will perform sexual acts with any man for money. That's it.

In this context, whore is definitely not appropriate at all. A woman deciding on whether or not she is going to have a relationship with a man, let alone sexual activity, based on his attributes is not being a whore at all. Money is only a small part of that. While money can be linked with stability, most women are interested in stability since it indicates that the man can not only take care of her, but can take care of children as well.

Money is not always the best indicator of the qualities a woman is looking for either in the long term. How many multi-multi-millionaires have treated women like shit and bailed on their kids?

So while there are some women that clearly are gold diggin' whores, it is quite a stretch (and just plain disrespectful) to say it applies to all women. According to that logic, his mom is a whore, and my mom is a whore, and I can only speak for his mom.

Re:Truly a great man (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39435305)

Whore is a degrading word that indicates a woman will perform sexual acts with any man for money. That's it.

Close, but no cigar.

The word means she will perform sexual acts for _currency_. Money is one form of currency. Status, fame, power, influence, etc. is another. The difference between a prostitute and most women is that the prostitute will negotiate up-front and you agree on the exchange before any transaction happens. But in only the rarest of cases does a man have a woman in his life solely because of who he is, his character, values, etc.

The whorish instinct they have is quite strong and expresses itself even when not strictly necessary. Even women who are millionaires overwhelmingly tend to marry men who are multimillionaires. Even though millionaires can certainly provide for themselves and any children they still want the man to be more prosperous than they are.

The rarest union in the world is a wealthy woman and a poor man. It happens but almost never.

I am sorry if you think facts are "degrading". That's some combination of idealized memories of Mommy and Hollywood and fairytales. Facts simply are what they are.

Re:Truly a great man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39437585)

Whore is a degrading word that indicates a woman will perform sexual acts with any man for money. That's it.

Some "free range" whores pick their targets :).

Re:Truly a great man (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433881)

So... the basic nature of a woman is that of a whore?
Your misogyny appalls me.

It's a damn good thing there are no women who understand technology and read Slashdot to be offended by you.

Re:Truly a great man (1)

OhSoLaMeow (2536022) | about 2 years ago | (#39434037)

So... the basic nature of a woman is that of a whore?

Don't go there, Rush!

Re:Truly a great man (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39434249)

Don't ask for me to pay for you to be a whore.

Re:Truly a great man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39435979)

Bill and Melinda Gates? Was that the best you could do?

Re:Truly a great man (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433911)

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Typo :s/meek/geeks

Re:Truly a great man (1)

k6mfw (1182893) | about 2 years ago | (#39440741)

Statement of the month! Yes, one of those PBS documentaries mentioned you see a group of women, Einstein will be in the center.

No less an authority than Joe Theismann (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433603)

once pointed out on ESPN that it doesn't take a genius to coach or play in the National Football League. A genius is someone like Norman Einstein. [about.com]

Re:No less an authority than Joe Theismann (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39434203)

NORM!

/.ed allreay (1)

RyanCheeseman (1180119) | about 2 years ago | (#39433665)

everytime a new project is linked on Slashdot the site is almost guaranteed to go down..

Re:/.ed allreay (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433775)

I'm more disturbed by the fact that my search for details regarding Mr. Einstein's "solution to the Jewish-Arab conflict" was no doubt preempted by thousands of searches for "image mistress".

Religion vs. Science (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433767)

Why would the Hebrew University of Israel, in the center of the Religiocentric Region of the world want to keep documents published by Albert Einstein who discovered Relativity and is an atheist?

Re:Religion vs. Science (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433793)

Because his mom was a Jew. Seriously, it doesn't get any deeper than that.

Re:Religion vs. Science (2)

FudRucker (866063) | about 2 years ago | (#39433805)

yeah, and i want to see "Einstein's solution to the Arab/Israeli conflict, i wonder if that document has not been "doctored up" since it was written

Re:Religion vs. Science (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39433889)

Einstein was not an atheist in the strictest sense, and he was known to be a critic of Israel. He even compared Israel to nazi Germany; possibly being the first to do so in public. He spent his remaining years in Princeton, New Jersey. Regardless of what he said it won't fix anything. All the Jews are there voluntarily. The Palestinians? Not so much, since they have a harder (but not impossible) time finding immigration to areas with no violence. When everybody who is there is there voluntarily, and wishes to kill the other side, I will no longer care what happens one way or the other. If you chose to enter the boxing ring and you get brain damaged from all the punches, it's your own damned fault.

Re:Religion vs. Science (1)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39434021)

It doesn't matter whether Einstein himself was religious or not. He's not around to say "yea, I said that" or "wait, you're misquoting me!" when it comes to what's being put up from the university. How many times have we seen overzealous Christians twist everything Einstein said around so that it looks like he WAS super-religious and supported the idea that God exists? It's not the danger of Einstein twisting what he said, it's those holding the documents we need to be wary of. They can do what movie companies do, ie, take a movie reviewer's quote, "This movie has spunk, in the way that I feel unclean after watching it" and turn it into "This movie has spunk!..."

I myself don't put a ton of faith in ANY organization that might have an agenda in making a "reveal" like this whatsoever, especially a religious one. I don't care which religion it is. We'll see what they put out for the public, I guess.

Re:Religion vs. Science (3)

CRCulver (715279) | about 2 years ago | (#39437069)

I myself don't put a ton of faith in ANY organization that might have an agenda in making a "reveal" like this whatsoever, especially a religious one.

Hebrew University is a secular insitution.

Re:Religion vs. Science (2)

K. S. Kyosuke (729550) | about 2 years ago | (#39434519)

yeah, and i want to see "Einstein's solution to the Arab/Israeli conflict, i wonder if that document has not been "doctored up" since it was written

The solution is: e=mc^2. Israel has apparently already manufactured the device.

Re:Religion vs. Science (1)

tinkerton (199273) | about 2 years ago | (#39440669)

The doctoring up (or skewed interpretation ) won't have happened in the actual document. This usually happens in the articles about the document.
Yesterday this was published, which discusses just such a case (namely another article in the independent) http://mondoweiss.net/2012/03/einsteins-crime.html [mondoweiss.net] .
Einstein's proposal does not suport the idea of a jewish state. There is a lot of mythology about Einstein being supportive of zionism. He was not - not in the sense it's used now. Says Fred Jerome http://www.einsteinonisrael.com/index.html [einsteinonisrael.com]

Re:Religion vs. Science (1)

tinkerton (199273) | about 2 years ago | (#39440815)

To quote Jerry Haber (http://www.jeremiahhaber.com/2010/05/beinart-and-future-of-liberal-zionism.html) Yes, there was a humanistic Zionism -- the Zionism of Buber, Magnes, Einstein, Arendt, Kohn, Ernst Simon -- but it died with the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Re:Religion vs. Science (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39434081)

It's possible the article may shed some light on this.

"Albert Einstein was a founder of the Hebrew University and one of its most loyal supporters. In his will he bequeathed all of his writings and intellectual heritage to the Hebrew University, including the rights to the use of his image."

Re:Religion vs. Science (4, Insightful)

EnsilZah (575600) | about 2 years ago | (#39435141)

As an atheist, a resident of Jerusalem and a student of an institution that's part of the Hebrew University campus I find it hard to imagine what kind of misapprehension of Israel and its academic institutions you might have to make that kind of comment.

Re:Religion vs. Science (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39440607)

So was Jesus Christ a more enlightened scholar than Albert Einstein? For example, Jesus Christ taught in parables whereas Albert Einstein, if I recall, taught lectures in Physics at Princeton University.

Re:Religion vs. Science (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | about 2 years ago | (#39443667)

You do have to admit, being an atheist in Jerusalem, from what I'm told and what I've seen of the city myself, really does suck. Other cities/states/countries have blue laws. Jerusalem has non-blue laws as the exception. The whole city apparatus is bent around accomodating the Haredim and the Arabs.

Re:Religion vs. Science (1)

ebs16 (1069862) | about 2 years ago | (#39437423)

Israel is a pretty secular country with booming tech and science industries. Climb out of your hole.

Re:Religion vs. Science (1)

unixisc (2429386) | about 2 years ago | (#39437599)

Most of Einstein's thoughts are summarized in his book 'Ideas & Opinions', which I had as a kid. In that, in one of his writings on Religion & Science, he wrote that 'Religion w/o science is blind, and science w/o religion is lame'. That's a far cry from the average Atheist that one would imagine. I've read that book. Einstein was a socialist who somewhat romanticized the Soviet Union, but wanted the transformation to socialism to be a persuasive exercise.

The above AC who said that he compared Israel w/ Nazi Germany is totally ignorant, and talking out of his ass. Einstein's views on Israel were not the same as a Noam Chomskey, RMS, Stanley Cohen or other leftist Jews today, but instead based on the holocaust, and not on whether Israel was God's chosen land. He pointed out the hypocrisy of Arabs, who spanned some 22 countries from Morocco to Oman, not being willing to let the Jews have one tiny spot in the middle of them. Note that those were the days when the concept of Palestinian didn't exist, since the first time it came about was after the Six Day War. He was one of the biggest supporters of Israel, and was in fact invited to become their first president - an offer he declined.

Re:Religion vs. Science (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | about 2 years ago | (#39443639)

Because Einstein was a Jew and a Cultural Zionist, as I recall, something like one of the founders or early Presidents of Hebrew University.

Kudos to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (3)

Fluffeh (1273756) | about 2 years ago | (#39433799)

I can't help but think that this is wonderful that the Hebrew University of Jerusalem went out and did this. I am sure that they are riding the good PR wave and all, but it is a wonderful thing to have someone in this day and age find funds to make something and give it away for free. Truly wonderful.

Lunch won't be 'til yesterday (3, Interesting)

Cazekiel (1417893) | about 2 years ago | (#39433829)

There was a story I'd heard of Einstein years ago (who knows if it's true) , wherein after talking a while with a student on campus, he asked the student, "Tell me; where was I walking from when we met?" The student pointed toward the dining commons; Einstein smiled and said, "Ah, good, I ate lunch then."

Re:Lunch won't be 'til yesterday (1)

Opyros (1153335) | about 2 years ago | (#39435411)

I've seen this anecdote many times, but nearly always with Norbert Wiener in place of Einstein.

Einsteins Uncertainty Principle? (1)

VomitInc (941517) | about 2 years ago | (#39433839)

The search page says "Since many items in the Einstein Archives can presently be dated only within a certain range of uncertainty...". So it seems they experience trouble determining simultaneously where the document is and when he wrote it.

Einstein wasn't good at maths (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39434759)

Do the maths (or "math" if you're a lazy American who can't spell properly). 80,000 documents over, say, 50 years, is 1600 documents per year, or perhaps 5 per day for each working day (assuming AE worked a 6-day week). I can't see how he had time to come up with all those theories if he was constantly writing memos, letters, emails, etc. . . . I think 80,000 might be an exaggeration.

Re:Einstein wasn't good at maths (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39437553)

Well, if you include the stuff his wife wrote and he claimed ownership of, it could add up. Perhaps some of that relativity stuff was hers after all!

presentation of the documents (1)

e**(i pi)-1 (462311) | about 2 years ago | (#39435895)

Why not post the documents in a format which is accessible instead of zoomable small windows? Even to watch small documents like the grades of Einstein at highschool, one needs to zoom in and watch the document at differentheights just to read the grades. I understand that such institutions want to protect their exhibit from being copied, but in this case the archiv is almost useless. Its certainly work in progress also since when accessing the database most is not linked to the actual documents. Simplicity would be key here: make one page with a list of all the documents and let google do the rest.

Why flash (1)

devent (1627873) | about 2 years ago | (#39438071)

The good part is of course that they make it available. Universities should do that and not publish in journals where you have to pay to have access to publicly funded research. The sad part is that they had to use flash for the site.

Or is that on purpose so that I can't download the documents as simple Pdf files? I don't know if I miss anything, but the documents are only available via flash?

Translated? (1)

Teun (17872) | about 2 years ago | (#39442381)

Some documents have been translated

I wonder why, he spoke and wrote very good German.

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