Colloquium: Michel Janssen on The Einstein-Besso manuscript on the perihelion of Mercury
The Einstein-Besso manuscript on the perihelion of Mercury
Abstract: Last week, a stack of about 50 sheets with scratchpad calculations by Einstein and his close friend Michele Besso sold at auction in Paris for a record 11.5 million dollars. I prepared this manuscript for publication in the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein in 1995 and wrote an essay about it for the auction catalog the first two times it changed hands (for $360K in 1996 and $500K in 2002). In this talk I'll cover the most important calculations in this manuscript and trace its journey from Zurich in 1913 to Paris in 2021.
The link to a short radio interview about the sale of this manuscript on BBC radio.
This colloquium will have a remote option via zoom: