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MUFONET-BBS GROUP - MUTUAL UFO NETWORK ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ SCIENCE NEWS - WIRE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 旼컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴컴커 =START= XMT: 13:15 Tue Mar 24 EXP: 13:00 Tue Mar 31 쿢NPUBLISHED LETTERS FROM ALBERT EINSTEIN DONATED TO PIERPONT 쿘ORGAN LIBRARY 쿙EW YORK (MARCH 24) XINHUA - A COLLECTION OF 25 PREVIOUSLY 쿢NPUBLISHED LETTERS AND POSTCARDS FROM ALBERT EINSTEIN TO A 쿒ERMAN ASTRONOMER HAVE RECENTLY BEEN DONATED TO THE PIERPONT 쿘ORGAN LIBRARY IN NEW YORK. 쿟HE LETTERS RECORD THE DEVELOPMENT OF CRUCIAL ASPECTS OF 쿐INSTEIN'S GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY, INCLUDING ALL THREE 쿛REDICTIONS THAT WERE EVENTUALLY VERIFIED BY EXPERIMENTS OR 쿚BSERVATIONS, THE NEW YORK TIMES REPORTED TODAY. 쿐RWIN FINDLAY FREUNDLICH, A GERMAN ASTRONOMER, WAS PERHAPS 쿟HE FIRST SCIENTIST TO BECOME THOROUGHLY ACQUAINTED WITH THE 쿑UNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF EINSTEIN'S THEORY, AND THE FIRST 쿛ERSON TO TRY TO PROVIDE EXPERIMENTAL PROOF OF THE PREDICTED 쿎ONSEQUENCES OF THE GENERAL THEORY. 쿟HE CORRESPONDENCE, MADE BETWEEN 1911 AND 1931, WAS DONATED 쿟O THE MORGAN LIBRARY BY ECONOMIST HORACE WOOD BROCK, WHO 쿌QUIRED THE LETTERS FROM DR. FREUNDLICH'S WIDOW. THE 쿎ORRESPONDENCE HAD BEEN GENERALLY INACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC 쿚R MOST SCHOLARS. 쿟HE GENERAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY EXPLAINS THE FORCE OF 쿒RAVITY IN TERMS OF THE CURVATURE THAT SPACE UNDERGOES IN 쿟HE VICINITY OF MASSIVE OBJECTS. EINSTEIN PREDICTED THAT 쿗IGHT PASSING THROUGH SUCH A CURVED SPACE WOULD ITSELF 쿑OLLOW A CURVING PATH. ANOTHER PREDICTION BASED ON 쿐INSTEIN'S THEORY WAS THAT LIGHT PASSING A MASSIVE OBJECT 쿥OULD UNDERGO A REDDENING, AND THE THEORY ALSO PREDICTED 쿟HAT A CLOCK NEAR A VERY MASSIVE OBJECT WOULD RUN SLOWER 쿟HAN ONE DISTANT FROM SUCH AN OBJECT. ALL THESE PREDICTIONS 쿓AVE BEEN CONFIRMED. 쿏R. MARTIN J. KLEIN, A PROFESSOR OF SCIENCE HISTORY AT YALE 쿢NIVERSITY WHO IS A SENIOR EDITOR IN CHARGE OF PUBLISHING 쿟HE COMPLETE EINSTEIN PAPERS, SAID THE NEW COLLECTION AT THE 쿘ORGAN LIBRARY WAS QUITE IMPORTANT IN UNDERSTANDING THE 쿏EVELOPMENT OF EINSTEIN'S IDEAS. 쿞CHOLARS SAY THERE ARE AS MANY AS 50,000 DOCUMENTS IN THE 쿐INSTEIN ARCHIVE. PUBLICATION OF THE PAPERS COULD RUN TO AS 쿘ANY AS 30 VOLUMES. =END=

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