EXHIBIT: The Man Who Bent Space

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Science  30 May 2003:
Vol. 300, Issue 5624, pp. 1349
DOI: 10.1126/science.300.5624.1349b

The formula E = mc2 ushered in the nuclear age by revealing that matter and energy are equivalent. You can see the famed equation written in Einstein's own hand at the newly launched Einstein Archives Online. Browse digitized images of more than 900 manuscripts, unpublished articles, lecture notebooks, and travel diaries.

Einstein's scribbled corrections appear on many of the documents, including in 1916 his first methodical explanation of the general theory of relativity, which describes how matter distorts space and time. In addition, the archive provides 39 papers in the original German with historical and scientific annotations—22 of the papers also have English translations. Along with scientific treatises in which Einstein attempts to bring together all known physical forces under a unified field theory, you can also find his papers on international unity and pacifism. Partly because of as-yet-unresolved copyright issues, the cooperative effort between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the California Institute of Technology did not include any of Einstein's thousands of personal letters, but his correspondence with Freud, Stalin, and Gandhi might appear online in the future.

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