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Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 17:26
Einstein's manuscripts on display in Shanghai
By Xinhua
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 17:26 By Xinhua

Physicist Yang Chen-ning (left) and Hanoch Gutfreund, former president of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, visit an exhibition themed on Einstein in Shanghai, Aug 1, 2019. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

SHANGHAI — Handwritten pages of Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and famous equation E=MC2 (squared) have gone on display at an exhibition in Shanghai since Aug 1.

Einstein is a scientist I admire very much. He (and his works) had a profound impact on physics and on our daily lives

Yang Chen-ning, Nobel prize-winning physicist

The exhibition that marks the German-born scientist's 140th birth anniversary showcases more than 130 pieces of his works, including his manuscripts, papers and letters stored in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel.

Yang Chen-ning, a Nobel prize-winning physicist, was one of the first exhibition visitors. "Einstein is a scientist I admire very much. He (and his works) had a profound impact on physics and on our daily lives," Yang said at the opening ceremony on Aug 1.

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Hanoch Gutfreund, an expert of the university's Albert Einstein Archives, expected that the exhibition would enhance the Chinese public's understanding of Einstein and stimulate young people's interest in science.

He said that Einstein had visited Shanghai twice in his lifetime, leaving many stories between the scientist and the Chinese city.

The exhibition highlights the letters he exchanged with a group of Chinese scholars, which not only show a deep relationship between Einstein and China, but also allow people to see how China accepted the theory of relativity, Gutfreund said.

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Visitors experience interactive installations that illustrate the scientist's theories on light speed and the relationship of space and gravity at an Einstein themed exhibition in Shanghai. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Other exhibits, such as his original paper on gravitational waves, and his Nobel certificate and medal, are also major attractions.

Einstein was one of the founders of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He contributed his works to the university, which now holds 80,000 artifacts, the world's largest Einstein collection.

Einstein's manuscript on the equivalence of mass and energy. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

The exhibition will run until Oct 22 at the Shanghai World Expo Museum. 

A letter to Einstein by the then Peking University president Cai Yuanpei in 1922, inviting the scientist to visit China on his trip to Japan.  (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Notes of Einstein in high school. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

A book on Laozi and Taoism by Richard Wilhelm that Einstein had read.  (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

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