Rare Einstein documents on show at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

February 12, 2016 by Dov Smith
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Scientists from Caltech, MIT and the LIGO Scientific Collaboration today announced they have recorded the first direct evidence of gravitational waves that Albert Einstein, a founder of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, predicted years ago.

A page from Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, on display at The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  (Photo credit: Ardon Bar-Hama for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

A page from Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, on display at The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Photo: Ardon Bar-Hama for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The announcement is a historic confirmation of Einstein’s 100-year-old prediction, made possible only now by 21st Century technology.

To set the stage for this occasion,The Albert Einstein Archives at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem produced a rare display of original documents related to Einstein’s prediction of the existence of gravitational waves.

Prof. Barak Kol, chairman of the Hebrew University's Racah Institute of Physics, holds a page from Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.  Photo: Dov Smith for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Barak Kol, chairman of the Hebrew University’s Racah Institute of Physics, holds a page from Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Photo: Dov Smith for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

As a founder of the Hebrew University and one of its most loyal supporters, Einstein bequeathed his writings, intellectual heritage and the use of his image to the Hebrew University.

Among the documents on display at the Albert Einstein Archives was a page, in Einstein’s

Dr. Roni Grosz, curator of the Hebrew University's Albert Einstein Archives, holds a page from Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Photo: Dov Smith for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Dr. Roni Grosz, curator of the Hebrew University’s Albert Einstein Archives, holds a page from Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity. Photo: Dov Smith for The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

own handwriting, from the General Theory of Relativity.

The artifacts were displayed today in the framework of a collaboration of historians at The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein at Caltech; The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. The display was accompanied by an explanation from Prof. Barak Kol, chairman of the Hebrew University’s Racah Institute of Physics, and Dr. Roni Grosz, curator of the Hebrew University’s Albert Einstein Archives.

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