PUBLISHER'S
FOREWORD
Albert Einstein died
on
April
18,
1955.
His
will,
dated March
18,
1950,
reads:
I
give
and
bequeath
all of
my
manuscripts, copyrights, publication
rights, royalties
and
royalty agreements,
and all other
literary
property
and
rights,
of
any
and
every
kind
or
nature
whatsoever,
to
my
Trustees hereinafter
named....
The
will then, at
some
length,
specifies
that
the Trustees shall have
full
power
"to
sell, publish,
license
or
otherwise
dispose
of
any or
all
of
the
said
property
and rights...." It
names
"my
friend,
Dr.
Otto Nathan"
as
sole executor
of
the
Estate,
and further
designates
Otto Nathan
and Helen Dukas
as
joint
Trustees.
The
will also
provides
that
ultimately
all
rights
shall
pass
to
The
Hebrew
University
of Jerusalem.
Professor Einstein could
not
have chosen
a more
dedicated
executor
and
trustee
than
Dr.
Nathan,
nor
could
he
have
specified
a more knowledgeable
and
devoted
trustee
than Miss
Dukas,
who had been
his
secretary
since 1928.
Dr.
Nathan
immediately set
about
gathering, organizing,
and
administering
the
many
and
complex copyrights,
contracts,
and other business
matters
pertaining
to
the Einstein
papers.
Miss
Dukas served
as
archivist,
making
the
papers
available to
qualified
scholars, writing
explanatory
notes to
be
inserted
in
the
files,
and
helping
Dr. Nathan
in
an
extensive search for
all
Einstein-related
documents,
including correspondence.
Thus,
through
their
efforts, many
documents
were
preserved
that
might
otherwise have been
lost,
and the archive
grew.
At
the time of Professor Einstein's death
he
had
one
scientific
paper
in
the
process
of
publication,
"Relativistic
Theory
of the
Non-symmetric
Field." It
appeared
on
March
5,
1956, as
Appendix
C
of
his
book The
Meaning
of
Relativity,
which Princeton
University
Press had
originally published
in
1923.
Thus Princeton
is
both
the first and the last American
publisher
of
Einstein's work
in his lifetime.
The
thought
that
Einstein's
papers
should
be
published
was an
obvious
one.
There
was
particular
interest
in
the idea of
publishing
his scientific
writings,
as
proposed
after Einstein's death
by
Princeton
University
Press and
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