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One-page typed signed letter (in German with English translation) by Albert Einstein (1879-1955), American theoretical physicist. In his letter, dated March 19, 1935 and written during his tenure at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, Einstein corresponds with Dr. Ludwig Silberstein, a mathematical physicist from Berlin who was living in Rochester, New York at the time. Einstein writes in full: "From your indications I think I can gather that you have exactly the same point view as I, concerning the question of Causality. When I have received and read your little book, I will write you again. I had forgotten to send you the little book about Relativity which appeared in Paris (translated by Solovine), but I will do it soon. At the present, I am pursuing an interesting path to a theory of matter on a relativistic basic. When I have advanced further, I will write you about it." The letter is signed "A. Einstein" ("8") in black ink. Einstein first met Dr. Silberstein during a visit to the United States in the early 1920's, with Silberstein having emigrated to this country a few years earlier. The two had much in common as Silberstein had published his own work (in English) on Relativity in 1914, which he later revised in 1924 to include Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Dr. Silberstein, who worked for Kodak, published his book Causality in 1933, which was the same year in which Einstein's work Les Fondements de la theorie de la Relativite Generale (translated by his friend Maurice Solovine) was also published. Einstein's "theory of matter on a relativistic basis" mentioned at the end of the letter would later find it's full expression in his 1935 book The Particle Problem In The General Theory of Relativity. Albert Einstein is considered to be one of the greatest physicists of all time and certainly one of the most influential thinkers of the the Twentieth Century. He would complete his famous mathematical formulation of a general theory of relativity in 1916 and would later be awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1921. His later years at Princeton were spent wrestling with the problem of developing a general unified field theory, the realization of which, unfortunately, would ultimately elude him before his death in 1955. Letters by Albert Einstein in which he discusses his theory of relativity are extremely rare and desirable, with this particular missive, written to another highly respected physicist of his day, being an exceptional example. The slightly toned letter exhibits normal mailing folds (not affecting the signature) and a trimmed bottom border as well as a few extremely minor edge tears and creases. In addition, an ink docket (indicating the date received and date answered) appears in the upper right corner. Very Good to Excellent condition overall. 8 1/2" x 8". LOA from John Reznikoff/University Archives.
1935 Albert Einstein Typed Letter Which Mentions His Theory of Relativity
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