Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
(1879–1955)

"Grundgedanken und Methoden der Relativitätstheorie, in ihrer Entwicklung dargestellt"

(Fundamentals and Methods of the Theory of Relativity . . . ), signed, [Berlin, ca. 1919–20]

The Dannie and Hettie Heineman Collection; gift of the Heineman Foundation, 1977

MA 6791
Item description: 

"[On 7 January 1907] there came to me the most fortunate thought of my life," wrote Albert Einstein in this manuscript of an article intended for the British magazine Nature. His complex general theory of relativity was accessible only to professional colleagues when it was first published in 1916. For Nature four years later, Einstein sought to recount, for the general reader, the process by which he reached his revolutionary conclusions. At thirty-five handwritten pages, however, the article proved too long for publication. Nevertheless, 1920 marked the beginning of public awareness of Einstein's importance, with the appearance of newspaper articles about his theory.