More than 30 Trusteeship members and guests learned fascinating facts about Albert Einstein when we visited the Einstein Papers Project at Caltech. Thanks to Trusteeship member and Caltech professor Frances Arnold, we were given an insight into the scope and value of the project, one of the most ambitious scholarly publishing ventures undertaken in the history of science.
Trusteeship President Diana Ingram opened the program with a warm “thank you” to Frances for facilitating the event and Frances then introduced her friend and colleague Diane Kormos-Buchwald, Caltech professor of history and director and general editor of the Einstein Papers Project. Diana immediately brought her famous subject to life through photos and excerpts of his writings. Einstein spent three winters at Caltech (1930-1932).
In cooperation with Princeton University Press and the Albert Einstein Archives at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Diana and her staff are compiling The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein which provides the first complete picture of his massive written legacy and now covers Einstein’s life and work up to his 44th birthday. To date 13 volumes have been published; the completed project will include 25 volumes.
The evening concluded with dinner at The Athenaeum, where Diana graciously took questions and entertained us with more anecdotes about Albert Einstein, the instantly recognizable figure whose insatiable curiosity and brilliant mind changed the world.