JERUSALEM: Israel plans to build a museum in Jerusalem that will be dedicated to Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity and shaped like the Nobel Prize-winning physicist’s head, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu’s Cabinet approved the project, conceived by President Shimon Peres, at its weekly meeting today and allocated 1 million shekels ($260,000) for initial planning, the government said in an e-mailed statement.
“I think it will attract the entire world to the museum, which has been designed in the image of the head of Albert Einstein,” Netanyahu said in the statement.
Einstein, a German-born Jew who died in 1955, bequeathed all his personal papers to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, including handwritten manuscripts outlining his theory of relativity, expressed in the formula E=mc2. The university also owns the rights to Einstein’s image, including popular photographs of the aging scientist with long, white unkempt hair.