The following presents the editorial method of the series and incorporates modifi-
cations and supplements that have been introduced in previous volumes.
HISTORY OF THE EDITION
Volume 1, The Early Years, 1879–1902, presented a variety of documents pertain-
ing to Albert Einstein’s family, childhood, and youth. Subsequently, the edition was
divided into two series, Writings and Correspondence.
The five Writings volumes covering the years 1900–1921 (volumes 2–4, 6, 7)
present in full text all of Einstein’s articles, books, and unpublished scientific man-
uscripts, including his notes as a student of physics, lecture notes for university
courses that he taught, and research notes. Auditors’ lecture notes, verbatim or in
abstract, that supplement Einstein’s course notes, as well as reliable records of his
lectures, speeches, comments, or interviews, were included as full text or in
All available letters written by Einstein before January 1922 are presented in full
or as abstracts in the six Correspondence volumes for the years 1902–1921
(Volumes 5, 8–10, 12).
A Cumulative Index, Bibliography, List of Correspondence, Chronology, and
Errata to Volumes 1–10 was published as Volume 11 in the series.
Beginning with Volume 13, the edition presents Einstein’s writings and corre-
spondence in chronological order together within the same volumes.
All of Einstein’s available writings and correspondence, whether previously pub-
lished or unpublished, are included in the edition. They appear either as full text
with annotation, as an appendix, or as an abstract in the Calendar of Abstracts.
Prefaces to collective works in whose writing Einstein played an active role are
printed in full. Einstein’s prefaces to works other than his own, or to translations of
his own work, are printed as full text or in abstract.