Raab Acquires Relativity Archive of Erwin Schrodinger
The archive, which has never been offered for sale before, comes from the family of his former lab aide and colleague
Unpublished manuscripts mentioning Einstein, Planck and others covers some of the most important scientific subjects of the era
PHILADELPHIA, PA – June 12, 2019 – The Raab Collection, the nation’s leading dealer in important historical documents, announced today that it has acquired and is offering for sale 9 manuscripts in the hand of Erwin Schrodinger, a towering figure in science in the 20th century and winning of the Nobel Prize. The manuscripts and letters reference the great scientists of the era, including Einstein, and are replete with detailed equations and scientific analysis. The letters are evidently unpublished and have never been offered for sale before.
“These manuscripts form an important part of the scientific corpus of thought of the 20th century,” said Nathan Raab, President of the Raab Collection. “It is an additional pleasure for us to have discovered unpublished documents and to have worked with the descendants of Schrodinger’s colleague.
Nandor Balazs was Schrodinger’s lab assistant in the early 1950s. He went on to a distinguished career, next as a lab assistant to Einstein in New Jersey and then at Stonybrook. He was close with Paul Dirac, as well as the above scientists. These manuscripts are all part of his library and are addressed to him.
Among the manuscripts, which are generally multiple pages, are in depth treatments of Relativistic science, physics, and specific treatments of some of his Schrodinger’s work and the work of others, including one titled “Gravitational Redshift.”
About The Raab Collection: The Raab Collection has handled many of the most important historical documents to reach the market and worked with the families of famous Americans in the sale and preservation of their family treasures, among them Neil Armstrong, Thomas Jefferson, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Ronald Reagan. Nathan Raab, a member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, is also a contributor to Forbes.com.