E=mc² equals a whopping €8.7m more than expected, but it’s all ...

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E=mc² equals a whopping €8.7m more than expected, but it’s all relative

Albert Einstein’s notes, with the calculations of his relativity theory, have sold for €11.7m at a Paris auction

Ardee Napolitano

A manuscript co-authored by Albert Einstein, offering a rare insight into the legendary physicist’s thinking leading up to his general theory of relativity, was sold at auction this week for €11.7m (about R208m).

Auction house Christie’s had estimated the value of the manuscript at between €2m (R35.5m) and €3m (R53.2m).

The 54 pages of paper, about half filled with Einstein’s handwriting, are one of only two working documents known in which the thinker approaches his famous theory that laid the groundwork for modern cosmology and technology, such as GPS navigation...

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