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Circa 1946 Albert Einstein Handwritten Formula

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,640.00

Complex formula written by Albert Einstein on the back of a section of a letter (3.75 x 7.25 inches) written to him. For most of us, flashes of brilliance are rare and easily remembered. For Albert Einstein inspiration could strike at any moment, and on occasion required recording on whatever paper was handy. Offered is an example of such a flash of brilliance: an elaborate formula neatly written in eleven lines by the legendary physicist on a slip of paper hastily torn from a letter sent to him. Though the math is beyond our understanding, there is no doubt that this formula records concepts far advanced compared to the scraps with notes typically generated by our office. When we need to write on a piece of scrap paper, it is usually to record a laundry list of chores, or a shopping list of food items. On the reverse of the page is a portion of a letter written to Albert Einstein from a friend. The letter section reads "May I extend my kindest regards to you and Mrs. Einstein and I look forward with great pleasure to the privilege of seeing..." Einstein has drawn a single "X" through the text of the correspondence and written his formula on the reverse in his trademark small, neat, brilliantly crisp and bold handwriting. For Babe Ruth, the ideal item might be a bat or a ball, the tools of the baseball trade. For Einstein, it is a handwritten formula. The formula is the working tool of the great physicist's trade, representing the process of Einstein's unique ability to conceive, make sense of, capture and express complex natural laws that describe and define the universe. Few examples of Einstein's formulas are in the hands of collectors. Most papers relating to Einstein's work are housed in the permanent collections of a few select museums and institutions. The mesmerizing complexity of the characters alone suggests Einstein's amazing scientific mind at work. The work covers two-thirds of the page, and includes a couple of cross-outs and corrections. This is a beautifully preserved and fascinating glimpse into the genius of one of history's most significant and revered figures. A fantastic and very personalized keepsake direct from the mind, and very likely the kitchen table as well, of the great Albert Einstein. This document is from the same collection as, and was originally accompanied by, the two-page Einstein formula which appeared as Lot 771 in the REA May 2004 auction, which sold for $19,550. In Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $4,640.00


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