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Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone

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CHAPTER 2

THE IMPUDENT SWABIAN

We do not know the exact moment when Heinrich Weber began to despise Albert Einstein. It definitely was not at first sight. Professor Weber was the head of the Physics Department of the Federal Institute of Technology, an up-and-coming engineering school in Zurich, Switzerland, now known worldwide as ETH Zurich. In 1895, when Weber and Einstein first met, the “Poly” (as it was called by the locals) had the immense advantage for the young Einstein that it did not require a high school diploma for admission. This was particularly pertinent for Einstein because he had rather recently and without the consent of his parents “excused himself” from the final two years of his well-regarded German high school (the Luitpold ...

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