Editor of Einstein papers to speak, Feb. 17

Feb. 15, 2005 6:53 p.m.

The director of the Einstein Papers Project, the most comprehensive effort to publish the papers of Albert Einstein, will lecture Thursday, Feb. 17, as the inaugural speaker in a series of talks at Princeton celebrating the World Year of Physics.

Diana Kormos-Buchwald, who serves as general editor of the project and is an associate professor of history at the California Institute of Technology, will speak on "Einstein's Legacy: The Challenges and Rewards of Editing the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein" at 4:30 p.m. in A02 McDonnell.

The talk, organized by the departments of physics and astrophysical sciences, will be the first of a series of Princeton University events to take place during 2005, the 100th anniversary of Einstein's "wonder year" in which he published some of his most influential work. The year has been designated by an international consortium of scientific organizations as the World Year of Physics.

The Einstein Papers Project is publishing a series of 25 volumes called "The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein." The series draws from more than 40,000 documents contained in the personal collection of Einstein and 15,000 other Einstein and Einstein-related documents discovered by the editors. The subjects of the collected papers range from Einstein's first work on special relativity and quantum theory to expressions of his concern with civil liberties, education, Zionism, pacifism and disarmament.