EDITORIAL METHOD
The
publication
of
texts in
The
Collected
Papers
is
based
on
the
following
guidelines
for their
selection, establishment,
presentation, transcription,
and
annotation.
SELECTION
All
of Einstein's
articles, books,
and
unpublished writings
are
included
in
this
edition.
Only a
handful of his notebooks
are preserved;
two
of these contain
notes
on a
physics
course
he
took
in
Zurich and
are
printed
in
Volume
1.
The
remaining
notebooks,
containing
research
notes
and lecture notes for
university courses
he
taught,
will be
printed
in
future volumes. Auditors'
lecture
notes,
verbatim
or
in
abstract, will
supplement
Einstein's
course
notes,
and reliable records
of
his lectures,
speeches,
comments,
or
interviews will be
included.
Marginalia
by
Einstein
that
contribute
significantly
to
an
under-
standing
of
his
thought
are
also included.
All
available letters written
by
Einstein
will be
published
in this edition.
Letters addressed
to
more
than
one recipient
are
printed only
once,
and all
known addressees
are
noted. Letters
to
Einstein
are
handled
more
selec-
tively,
however.
All
significant
letters
to
him,
for which
we
are
able
to
obtain
permission
to
publish,
are
printed
in whole
or
in
excerpt.
In
case
such
per-
mission
cannot be obtained,
a
summary is provided.
Authors and dates of
known letters
not
published
here
are
listed
in
the
chronological sequence,
and
the letters
are
summarized where
necessary.
Third-party
letters and other documents
(such as
certificates and
official
reports)
that
are
important
for
understanding
Einstein's
development,
milieu,
and
public activity
are
printed
in whole,
part,
or
in
summary. Significant con-
temporary
accretions
are
published
as
part
of such
texts.
Authors and dates of known
but
unavailable items
are
cited,
and
any
avail-
able,
important excerpts
from the
original
are
printed.
ESTABLISHMENT OF TEXTS
It
is
our policy
initially
to
work from
a photocopy
of
a
manuscript text,
and
then
to
perfect
our
transcription against
the
original,
if
available. If neither
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