Keio University Library in Tokyo unveiled on Monday fourteen items that were donated to them, including several handwritten letters by world-renowned physicist Albert Einstein. The documents were donated by the granddaughter of the Japanese doctor whom Einstein met when he visited Japan back in 1922.
Hayari Miyake was a doctor and also a professor at Kyushu Imperial University (now Kyushu University) when he met Einstein. The genius fell sick when he was on his boat ride to Japan and Miyake treated him, with the two becoming friends. The documents left with Miyake’s family include the 8-page rough draft of a report made by Einstein regarding his Japan visit, which was eventually published in the magazine Kaizo. Part of his report was when he said that the Japanese should continue protecting everyday objects, controlling their personal desires and maintaining their “pure and peaceful hearts.”
At the back of the fifth page of the draft were some calculations that go over 10 lines. It is believed that this may be some earlier computations related to his groundbreaking theory of relativity. One of the documents was a thank you letter that Einstein wrote when he left Japan, and another one was a tribute letter to Miyake when he found out that he and his wife died during one of the air raids during World War II. It was Miyake’s granddaughter Sumiko Hiki who owned the documents, but she decided to donate it to the library as Einstein’s 135th birthday is fast approaching. The library is still considering whether to allow public access to the collection, but the head, Shunsaku Tamura says that these letters show that Einstein’s friendship with the doctor played a huge part in developing the scientist’s love for Japan.
[ via Mainichi ]
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