Albert Einstein's note to young female scientist auctioned in Jerusalem

Updated 2018-03-08 14:14:00 Xinhua

A letter written by Albert Einstein in 1928, in which according to the auction house he outlined ideas for his "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity", is seen before it is sold at an auction in Jerusalem, March 6, 2018. A note written by Albert Einstein to an Italian woman scientist who had declined to meet him sold at auction on Tuesday along with a batch of other letters left by the renowned physicist.

A note written by Albert Einstein in 1921 to a young Italian female scientist was sold for 6,100 U.S. dollars at an auction in Jerusalem.

The note was written to Elisabetta Piccini, a 22-year-old chemistry student who had declined to meet the renowned Nobel-winning physicist.

"Einstein was very interested in meeting her. But Ms Piccini was too shy to meet with such a famous person," said Winner's Auctions & Exhibitions in Jerusalem.

In the letter written in Einstein's native German, he used an idiom implying his affection.

"To the scientific researcher, at whose feet I slept and sat for two full days, as a friendly souvenir," reads the note, which was signed and dated October 1921.

The note was sold alongside a number of other letters from Einstein, including a 1928 note in which Einstein set out his thoughts for his "Third Stage of the Theory of Relativity" that was auctioned off for 103,000 dollars.

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