The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, which Albert Einstein helped found, is uploading scans of the physicist's manuscripts, political ideals, and love letters to his mistress,
At speeds even he could barely imagine, Albert Einstein's private papers and innermost thoughts will soon be available online, from a rare scribble of "E = mc2" in his own hand, to political pipe-dreams and secret love letters to his mistress.
Fifty-seven years after the Nobel Prize-winning physicist's death, the Israeli university which he helped found opened Internet access on Monday to some of the 80,000 documents Einstein bequeathed to it in his will.
Among items likely to attract popular attention is a very rare manuscript example of the formula the author of the theory of relativity proposed in 1905, E = mc2, where energy, E, equals mass times c – the speed of light in a vacuum – squared.
Once published, a cache of two dozen love letters to the woman who would become his second wife - but written while he was still married to his first - may also attract the curious.
So too may an idealistic proposal in 1930 for a "secret council" of Jews and Arabs to bring peace to the Middle East.
At present, only a selection of documents dating from before 1923, when Einstein was 44, are available. As papers are scanned, the bulk of them in Einstein's native German, the university will publish English translations and notes, said Hanoch Gutfreund, whose committee oversees the archive.
"This is going to be not only something to satisfy the curiosity of the curious," he said. "But it also will be a great education and research tool for academics."