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Item 346 - Albert Einstein Catalog 469 (Feb 2016)

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TLS signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8.5 x 12, airmail letterhead, March 24, 1954. Letter to Mr. Joseph Levine in Israel. In part: “Any physical theory and consequently also the theory of relativity is concerned with the structure of the physical world and therefore neutral to religious beliefs. I personally am unable to believe in a personal God, believing that such anthropomorphical concepts should not be used in the non-human sphere.” In very good to fine condition, with paper loss at top affecting nothing.

Although he did not believe in a personal deity, Einstein was not averse to speaking of God in a scientific context when discussing differing interpretations of quantum physics. In 1929, he said that he believed 'in Spinoza's God, who reveals himself in the harmony of all that exists,' and in the 1950s wrote, 'If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it.' It was these harmonious structures—the things at the very core of creation—that Einstein hoped to uncover and describe in his quest for knowledge as a physicist, forming a bridge between the scientific and the spiritual. Letters by Einstein discussing his personal religious beliefs are extremely rare and those about his theory of relativity are highly sought after; this remarkable letter is the only one we’ve offered combining the two subjects. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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