The original manuscript of a paper Albert Einstein published in 1925 has been found in the archives of Leiden University’s Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics, scholars said Saturday. High-resolution photographs of the 16-page manuscript and an account of its discovery were posted on the institute’s Web site and on DRAMA BLOG as well!!
The German-language manuscript is titled “Quantum theory of the monatomic ideal gas,” and is dated December 1924. Considered one of Einstein’s last great breakthroughs, it was published in the proceedings of the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin in January, 1925.
“It was quite exciting” when a student working on his master’s thesis uncovered the delicate manuscript written in Einstein’s distinctive scrawl, said professor Carlo Beenakker. “You can even see Einstein’s fingerprints in some places, and it’s full of notes and markups from his editor.”
“We’re going to keep it as a reminder of his visits here, which is quite a fond memory for us.”