Einstein's theory of relativity on display for first time

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The complete original manuscript of Albert Einstein's "General Theory of Relativity" went on display for the first time Sunday in an exhibition by the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

The 46-page work, which revolutionised scientists' understanding of the universe and underpinned a century of major discoveries, was penned by Einstein in Berlin in 1916 and donated to Jerusalem's Hebrew University during its inauguration in 1925.

"One can almost look over Einstein's shoulder while he was at work, his elegant handwriting, the corrections and equations, the erasures and additions," the exhibit's curator Hanoch Gutfreund said ahead of the opening.

"The comments that are added to numerous pages shed light on Einstein's basic ideas, the challenges he faced and the difficulties he encountered."

The theory advanced an entirely new model of space, time and gravity that paved the way for the development of space-age technologies, including Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

Einstein, who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1921, had helped to establish the university during the early days of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate. He later declined an offer to become Israel's president in 1952.

The exhibition will run until March 25.