Lot #159
Albert Einstein Typed Letter Signed

Critical of his own writing, Einstein forwards a letter of guidance to New York math students: "Please put it in better English"
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Critical of his own writing, Einstein forwards a letter of guidance to New York math students: "Please put it in better English"

TLS signed “A. Einstein,” one page, The Institute for Advanced Study, School of Mathematics, Fine Hall, Princeton letterhead, February 8, 1939. Letter to "the students of Mathematics in the West Winfield Central School," in full: "Our best achievements are inspired not so much by a sense of duty but by the interest and pleasure in the subject. This is particularly true with our activities in the arts and the sciences. I wish you, therefore, that kind of pleasure and curiosity which is only strengthened by the difficulties we are encountering thereby." Critical of his own writing, Einstein adds a brief postscript: "P.S. Please put it in better English." Attractively matted and framed with a photo and the original mailing envelope, addressed to Mrs. Gertrude S. Scofield, to an overall size of 20 x 14.5. In fine condition. An exceptional—and entirely well-written—letter of guidance from Einstein to young math students in New York, one punctuated by the physicist's insecurity in his own English.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #616 - Ended September 15, 2021





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