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Item 153 - Albert Einstein Catalog 574 (Jan 2020)

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Signed book: Albert Einstein: Philosopher-Scientist. First edition presentation copy. Evanston, Illinois: The Library of Living Philosophers, 1949. Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.5 x 9.5, 781 pages. Signed and inscribed on the first free end page in blue ink, "Meinem lieben Kemeny, A. Einstein. 50." Autographic condition: very good to fine, with toning to the signed page, as well as two diagonal creases, one of which passes through the end of the inscription. Book condition: VG/VG, with some creasing to pages, and edge tears and wear to the jacket, with the largest tears at the head of the spine.

John G. Kemeny worked as Einstein's assistant in 1948-49, as a sabbatical from his doctoral studies. Part of the massive wartime Hungarian scientific emigration that drained the country of its greatest talents, Kemeny studied at Princeton but took a year off to work in Richard Feynman's computation group within the Manhattan Project. He was later one of the co-inventors of the BASIC computer programming language. A splendid signed volume dedicated to a computing pioneer.

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