Einstein's molecular model kit

Einstein's molecular model kit.  Photo by Jennifer Tisdale (from the  Ransom Center Newsletter )

Einstein's molecular model kit.  Photo by Jennifer Tisdale (from the Ransom Center Newsletter)

The wooden ball-and-spoke models that I've written about before seem to have had a fan in Albert Einstein.

A couple years back, writer Jenn Shapland recounted her experience[1] as an archivist encountering the kit made by the Fisher Scientific Company.  It was acquired at an auction in Atlanta by a Dallas woman who donated it to the Harry Ransom Center's Einstein collection at UT-Austin after learning about a theft of a page of Einstein's notes. It's a rather interesting essay about possession.

By the way, apparently Einstein's kit included custom parts that included atoms with flattened sides in addition to the usual spheres. Also, the colors included some unusual ones: blue, orange, yellow, black, green, dark blue, beige, and brown.


[1] J. Shapland, "Finders Keepers," Tin House, Fall 2015. [link]