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  • Finding Einstein’s Brain
    Frederick E. Lepore

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    Finding Einstein’s Brain

    On the day of Albert Einstein’s death, an April morning in 1955, the pathologist Thomas Harvey performed an autopsy and, controversially, took possession of the physicist’s brain. Days later, Harvey convinced Einstein’s closest relatives of his purpose: to retain the brain for scientific research. Three decades passed, however, until the first work on Einstein’s brain… Read More
  • The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922–1923
    Ze’ev Rosenkranz, Ed.

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    Private travel diaries reveal Albert Einstein’s musings and moments of self-reflection

    From 1922 to 1923, Albert Einstein maintained a private travel diary, which is alive with his important and trivial adventures. Notably, however, he failed to record the news that he had been awarded the Nobel Prize. This omission suggests both confidence in his scientific ideas and a lack of personal vanity but also suggests alienation… Read More
  • The Formative Years of Relativity: The History and Meaning of Einstein's Princeton Lectures
    Hanoch Gutfreund and Jürgen Renn

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    An insightful tome recounts the heady early days of general relativity

    On the centenary of general relativity, physicist Hanoch Gutfreund and historian Jürgen Renn published The Road to Relativity, a facsimile of Albert Einstein’s 1915–1916 German manuscript with an English translation and page-by-page commentary placing this seminal work in its historical and scientific context. Their new book, The Formative Years of Relativity, discusses in detail—yet delibe… Read More