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Einstein manuscript on display at least a week

THE original manuscript on which scientist Albert Einstein wrote the 20th century's best-known equation, E = mc2, will be displayed in the Israel Pavilion, it was announced yesterday.

The manuscript, donated by Einstein to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, will be shown for at least one week, Israel's Minister of Finance, Yuval Steinitz, said at its Pavilion Day event.

"I planned to take it back after one week, but now since it is such an important and famous item, we believe it will stay longer," he said.

"We are now negotiating about the best place in the pavilion to exhibit the precious item."

The manuscript has been held at the university for decades and never exhibited to the public on such a large scale before the Expo.

"Today I have a new interpretation of this world known equation," said Steinitz. "The E means energy, M stands for mass and C stands for the creative and innovative spirit of wisdom."

Steinitz said Israel was a country with limited natural resources, without mass manufacturing industry, but strived to make up for these disadvantages by accomplishing great achievements with a creative and innovative spirit.

He said it was the first time Israel had a stand-alone pavilion at a World Expo.

The 2,000-square-meter space in Zone A, with two streamlined buildings hugging each other, resembles a seashell, one side made of stone and the other of glass.

"The architecture, if you look at it from outside, is a dialogue between West and East, man and nature," said Gilad Erdan, Israel's Environmental Protection Minister.


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