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Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone

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INTRODUCTION

A HUNDRED TIMES MORE THAN RELATIVITY THEORY

“Let’s see if Einstein can solve our problem.” This was not an idea I had ever entertained, much less verbalized, during my previous twenty-six years doing research in quantum physics. Physicists don’t read the works of the great masters of earlier generations. We learn physics from weighty textbooks in which the ideas are stated with cold-blooded logical inevitability, and the history that is mentioned is sanitized to eliminate the passions, egos, and human frailties of the great “natural philosophers.” After all, since physical science (we believe) is a cumulative discipline, why shouldn’t we downplay or even censor the missteps and misunderstandings of our predecessors? It is daunting ...

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