In 2015, a woman named Sue at Sue Dreamwalker received an email containing a letter that was supposedly written by Albert Einstein. Before publishing it to her website, she “did try to find out if [it] was a genuine letter or not by searching through various archives in the Hebrew University of Einstein’s Archives.” However, the letter by Albert Einstein to his daughter Lieserl has since been proven to be inauthentic.
Science, at times, can seem impersonal. So, it was beautiful to read such a sentimental message about the universal force of love that was supposedly penned by the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century.
In the same way we were disappointed that the Einstein letter was false, so was Katharine Rose of All Things Good. When she came across the viral letter on social media, Katharine knew she needed to dig a bit deeper.
Could the Letter About the Universal Force of Love Truly Be from Albert Einstein?
Below are a few facts that came out of Katherine’s research:
- Very little is known about Lieserl. In fact, biographers only learned of Lieserl in 1986 when Einstein’s granddaughter Evelyn discovered a batch of letters penned between 1897 and 1903 between he and his first wife, Mileva Maric, in which she was mentioned.
- The 1999 book “Einstein’s Daughter: The Search for Lieserl” argued that she was born with a mental handicap and died of scarlet fever in 1903 before she was 2-years-old. (That’s around the last known time when Lieserl was mentioned in that batch of letters.) However, others believe she was put up for adoption.
- The Hebrew University’s online archives and Collected Papers of Albert Einstein also failed to provide any evidence of the letter to Lieserl.
Feeling doubtful, Katharine Rose turned to one more person: Dr. Kormos-Buchwald, a professor of physics and history of science at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Kormos-Buchwald headed up the Einstein Papers Project, an initiative that made 5,000 documents by Einstein available online.[3,4]
Here was her response to Katharine’s inquiry about Einstein’s supposed letter to Lieserl:
“This document is not by Einstein. The family letters donated to the Hebrew University – referred to in this rumor – were not given by Lieserl. They were given by Margot Einstein, who was Albert Einstein’s stepdaughter. Many of those letters were published in Volume 10 of The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein in 2006 and in subsequent volumes, in chronological order.”
Despite what was found, we encourage you read the sentimental letter. It speaks to a love that we should all try to live out.
The Full Version of the Letter About the Universal Force of Love
Although it was inauthentic, for those of you who are still curious, here’s the lovely letter. It still holds a lot of truth.
“When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.
I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.
There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us.
This universal force is LOVE.
When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force.
Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it.
Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others.
Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals.
For love we live and die.
Love is God and God is Love.
This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.
To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation.
If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.
After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy…
If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.
Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet.
However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.
When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.
I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it’s too late to apologize, but as time is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached the ultimate answer!
– Your father Albert Einstein
 A letter Under Question?: about The Universal Force which is LOVE. (2015, May 04). Retrieved March 01, 2018, from https://suedreamwalker.wordpress.com/2015/04/15/a-letter-from-albert-einstein-to-his-daughter-about-the-universal-force-which-is-love/
 Rose, K. (2015, August 06). The Truth Behind Einsteins Letter on the Universal Force of Love. Retrieved March 01, 2018, from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/katharine-rose/the-truth-behind-einsteins-letter-on-the-universal-force-of-love_b_7949032.html
 Einstein Papers Project at Caltech. (n.d.). Retrieved March 01, 2018, from http://www.einstein.caltech.edu/
 Digital Einstein Papers Home. (n.d.). Retrieved March 01, 2018, from http://einsteinpapers.press.princeton.edu/