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Die Korrespondenz zwischen Albert Einstein und Heinrich Zangger

English title The Correspondence between Albert Einstein and Heinrich Zangger
Applicant Fröhlich Jürg Martin
Number 135180
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Institut für Theoretische Physik ETH Zürich
Institution of higher education ETH Zurich - ETHZ
Main discipline General history (without pre-and early history)
Start/End 01.06.2011 - 30.11.2012
Approved amount 54'180.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
General history (without pre-and early history)
Theoretical Physics

Keywords (2)

Theoretical Physics; History of Science

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

The aim of this project is to support a one-volume commented book edition, presently prepared by Robert Schulmann, of the correspondence between Albert Einstein, arguably the most famous theoretical physicist of the 20th Century, and his friend Heinrich Zangger, the founder of the Institute of Legal Medicine at the University of Zurich. Einstein and Zangger exchanged numerous letters on scientific and personal matters between 1909 and the early 1940s. Well over half of the 220 letters from Zangger to Einstein has only recently been discovered in the Zangger heritage at the Central Library in Zurich. This book will make them accessible to a large public and, with the help of comments written by Schulmann, will put them in their proper context.

For many years, Zangger served as Einstein's confidant, moral mentor and pragmatic guide. Their correspondence sheds new light on the personalities of both men, their time and the history of physics, during one of its most dramatic periods. Schulmann's book will contain an introductory essay and a name index.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

Responsible applicant and co-applicants

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Albert Einstein Archives, Hebrew University, Jerusalem Israel (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
The Einstein Papers Project, CALTECH, Pasadena United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Norbert Straumann, Universität Zürich, Institut für Theoretische Physik Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results

Knowledge transfer events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Date Place Persons involved
Vernissage des Buchs 12.07.2012 Universität Zürich


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions Vernissage des Buchs German-speaking Switzerland 12.07.2012

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
4599 Einsteins Werke, Gesamtausgabe 01.04.1985 Project funding (Div. I-III)
4780 Einsteins Werke, Gesamtausgabe 01.04.1986 Project funding (Div. I-III)
5084 Einsteins Werke, Gesamtausgabe 01.04.1987 Project funding (Div. I-III)
4240 Einsteins Werke, Gesamtausgabe 01.04.1984 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

Work by Robert Schulmann on a one-volume commented book edition of the correspondence between Albert Einstein and Heinrich Zangger is proposed. In 1912, Zangger founded the Institute of Legal Medicine at the University of Zurich, just as Einstein was offered, on Zangger’s suggestion, a professorship in theoretical physics at ETH Zurich. In the letters to be published - written over a period of more than thirty years, from 1909 until the early 1940s - Zangger served as his younger friend’s confidant, moral mentor and pragmatic guide. This correspondence sheds new light on the personalities of both men, on their time, and on the history of physics.There are 220 letters from Zangger to Einstein, well over half of them unknown until now, and approximately 150 letters from Einstein to Zangger. Explanatory commentary (Regesten) will precede these letters, which will be transcribed from the German originals. An introductory essay and name index will be provided. The volume will appear in time for the celebration of the centenary of the Institute of Legal Medicine, on 12 July 2012.
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