Online papers offer close look at Einstein

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JERUSALEM -- Albert Einstein's complete archives, from personal correspondence with half a dozen lovers to notebooks scribbled with his groundbreaking scientific research, are going online for the first time.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which owns the German Jewish physicist's papers, is pulling never before seen items from its safe, photographing them in high resolution and posting them online at alberteinstein.info, offering the public a nuanced and fuller portrait of the man behind the scientific genius.

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Only 900 manuscript images and an incomplete catalog listing just half of the archive's contents had been posted online since 2003. Now, with a grant from the Polonsky Foundation UK, which previously helped digitize Isaac Newton's papers, all 80,000 items from the Einstein collection have been cataloged and enhanced with cross-referencing technology.

The updated Web portal, unveiled yesterday, features the full inventory of the Einstein archives, publicizing for the first time the entirety of what's inside the collection and giving scholars a chance to request access to items they previously never knew existed. -- AP

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