Einstein letter lauding Swiss system set for sale

Feb 20, 2012

A letter written by celebrated physicist Albert Einstein extolling the virtues of Switzerland is expected to fetch thousands of francs (euros, dollars) when it goes under the hammer there in June.

The 1917 letter was sent to German Jewish industrialist and Walther Rathenau who went on to serve as foreign affairs minister before being assassinated in 1922.

In the note, German-born Einstein, who became a Swiss national in 1901, hailed the benefits of small states and cited Switzerland as an example.

The future said that the size of the country's cantons necessitated a federal structure to assume essential state functions however.

He held up the German district of Brandenburg as the ideal administrative size.

The letter is from a private collection and will be auctioned by the Fischer Gallery in Lucerne where it is expected to attract bids of between 25,000 and 35,000 Swiss francs (20,800 to 29,100 euros, $27,500-38,450).

In 2009, the gallery sold Einstein's doctorate certificate from Zurich University for 300,960 francs.

Explore further: Engineers develop gift guide for parents

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Einstein doctorate up for auction

Mar 06, 2009

The doctorate certificate that Albert Einstein obtained from the University of Zurich in 1906 will come up for auction in June, auctioneers Fischer Galerie said Friday.

Swiss nuclear shutdown to cost $22.5bn: study

Nov 24, 2011

Shutting down Switzerland's five nuclear power stations will cost about 20.7 billion Swiss francs (16.8 billion euros, $22.5 billion) and take about 20 years, Swiss authorities said on Thursday.

'Regards to your old lady'

Mar 03, 2011

The ETH-Bibliothek at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) is to post six new Einstein letters to his university friend Jakob Ehrat and the latter's mother Emma Ehrat-Uhlinger on the web. The ETH-Bibliothek currently ...

Einstein's E=mc2 on display at Shanghai Expo

May 06, 2010

Two pages of the original manuscript of Albert Einstein's famed "General Theory of Relativity" were unveiled Thursday at Shanghai's World Expo, state media reported.

Recommended for you

Engineers develop gift guide for parents

Nov 21, 2014

Faculty and staff in Purdue University's College of Engineering have come up with a holiday gift guide that can help engage children in engineering concepts.

Former Brown dean whose group won Nobel Prize dies

Nov 20, 2014

David Greer, a doctor who co-founded a group that won the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize for working to prevent nuclear war and who helped transform the medical school at Brown University, has died. He was 89.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.