Einstein's general relativity manuscript unveiled at Shanghai exhibition
This year marks the 140th anniversary of the birth of Albert Einstein. An exhibition titled "Life in four dimensions – Albert Einstein" at the Shanghai World Expo Museum has unveiled the original manuscript of the physicist's general theory of relativity (GTR).
In addition to some rare manuscripts, there are more than 130 exhibits, including Einstein's papers, letters, and correspondence with famous people. These exhibits are all from the Albert Einstein Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem – which authorized the Shanghai exhibition – and are of great value to the study of the history of science and popular science.
Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, was one of the exhibition's first visitors. "Einstein can stand alongside Newton as one of the greatest scientists in the history of mankind," Yang said at the opening ceremony.
Hanoch Gutfreund, an expert at the Albert Einstein Archives at Hebrew University, said the exhibition not only brings selected exhibits from the archives to Shanghai but also the stories behind the exhibits. The exhibition also aimed to improve the understanding of Einstein among Chinese audiences and stimulate the interest of young people in science, Gutfreund added.
He also told visitors that Einstein visited Shanghai twice before his death, and there are many stories about Einstein and the city.
Albert Einstein, one of the founders of Hebrew University, said in his will that he would donate his works to the university, Xinhua News Agency reported. At present, the Albert Einstein Archives at Hebrew University has more than 80,000 pieces of Einstein's manuscripts, letters, certificates and medals, the most extensive collection in the world.
The exhibition at the Shanghai World Expo Museum will run until Oct. 22.