|Photo showing about 325 books in part of Einstein's study.|
“Throughout his life Einstein was a man of the book, to a much higher degree than other scientists. The remarkably diverse collection of volumes in his library grew constantly. If we look only at the German-language books published before 1910 that survived Einstein’s Princeton household, the list includes much of the cannon of the time: Boltzmann, Buchner, Friedrich Hebbel, the works of Heine in two editions, Helmholtz, von Humboldt, the many books of Kant, Gotthold Lessing, Mach, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer. But what looms largest are the collected works of Johann von Goethe in a thirty-six volume edition and another of twelve volumes, plus two volumes on his Optics, the exchange of letters between Goethe and Schiller, and a separate volume of Faust.”
This passage seems to identify German polymath Johann Goethe, the precursory pioneer to the science of human chemical thermodynamics, to be the vicarious intellectual mentor to Einstein, a founder of both radiation thermodynamics and relativistic thermodynamics, being that Goethe's 52-volume collected works (see: Goethe's collected works) is the dominate part of Einstein's library, along with the fact that Einstein kept a plaster bust of Goethe in his reading room.
|●||Bernstein, Aaron||People’s Books on Natural Science (5-6 volume set), which Einstein recalled having “read with breathless attention”, supposedly introducing him to atomism. |
|●||Euclid||A text on Euclidean geometry, given to Einstein at age 12, which he called the “holy geometry book”. |
|●||Goethe, Johann||Collected Works (36-volume edition)|
|Collected Works (12-volume edition)|
|Optics (2-volume edition)|
|Volume of Letter Exchanged between Goethe and Schiller|
|●||Heine||(two editions) |
|●||Kant, Immanuel||(many books) |
|Critique of Pure Reason, read by Einstein at age 13. |
Einstein’s personal library was transferred to the Hebrew University in 1987, where it is supposedly to be found in the Jewish National & University Library of that university, following the death of Einstein’s step-daughter, Margot Einstein. Einstein's personal library is said to include books on science, European and American politics and society, literature and culture, religion and philosophy, Judaism and Isreal.
The following photos give an idea of parts of Einstein's library:
|Einstein writing by his window, showing about 65 books.|
|Einstein standing in his study, showing about 550 books.||Einstein's office at The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, after his death in 1955, which shows about 30 books.|
|Einstein in study looking forward, showing close-up of his books.|
1. Galison, Peter, Holton, Gerald J., and Schweber, Silvan S. (2008). Einstein for the 21st Century: His Legacy in Science, Art, and Modern Culture (ch. 1: Who Was Einstein? Why is He Still so Alive?, pgs 3-15; quote: pg. 10). Princeton University Press.
2. Einstein Archives (History) - AlbertEinstein.info.
3. Miller, Arthur I. (2002). Einstein, Picasso: Space, Time and the Beauty that Causes Havoc (pg. 44). Basic Books.
● Einstein Archives Online – AlbertEinstein.info.
● How many books did Einstein read during his lifetime? (2008) – Yahoo Answers.