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A. Einstein Signed "E=Mc Squared" 1946 Script for TV Series "Your World Tomorrow" In Which His Famous Formula Appears Several Times. Only very few examples of Einstein signing his famous formula, not in a book and not in something manufactured, exist.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955). A typed copy of the script for "The Atom", the first episode of the television series "Your World Tomorrow", for production by NBC in conjunction with the New York City Board of Education. Signed on the cover page at top right by Einstein as "A. Einstein." 28pp, 9.5" x 12", ca. May 1946. Includes a copy of a typed letter dated May 9, 1946 from Joseph Mindel of the Physical Science Department of W. H. Taft High School, to Einstein, originally enclosing a copy of the script, and a typed letter in response by Helen Dukas, Einstein's secretary, dated May 10, 1946, confirming Einstein's permission to use his name in the program. Housed in an attractive custom-made half-morocco solander case. Folds, light edgewear, and minor creasing. Very light soiling. Staple holes at top left corners, with staining from previous paper clip and staple at cover page. Overall, in fine condition.

Any signed example of his formula that Einstein has knowingly signed is extraordinarily rare. A recent auction included a handwritten example and it fetched over $1.2 million!

"The Atom" dramatized Albert Einstein's discovery of the iconic E=mc² equation. It was scheduled to be televised on May 14, 1946, less than a year after the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There was enormous popular interest in Einstein's achievements, especially his special theory of relativity and its relationship to calculating the energy produced by atomic fission; Mindel's letter: "No story of the atom would be complete without E=mc². And what is E=mc² without Einstein?"

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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