Mon 22 November 2021:
The manuscript of Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist, will be auctioned off in Paris on Tuesday. The rare text, which contains preparatory work for Einstein’s theory of relativity, is expected to bring stratospheric price.
According to Christie’s, which is conducting the auction on behalf of Aguttes, it is valued at between two and three million euros ($2.3-3.4 million).
Einstein and his colleague and confidant, Swiss engineer Michele Besso, handwrote the 54-page manuscript in Zurich, Switzerland, between 1913 and 1914.
The manuscript was saved for posterity thanks to Besso, according to Christie’s.
“This is without a doubt the most valuable Einstein manuscript ever to come to auction,” Christie’s said in a statement.
This was “almost like a miracle” since the German-born genius himself would have been unlikely to hold on to what he considered to be a simple working document, Christie’s said.
Today, the paper offers “a fascinating plunge into the mind of the 20th century’s greatest scientist,” it said.
Einstein was on a lecture tour outside Germany when Hitler rose to power, and seeing the situation in his homeland, decided to renounce his German citizenship. After a brief period he settled in the United States, where he was offered a position at Princeton University’s Institute for Advanced Study. Einstein remained at Princeton until his death on April 18,1955.
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