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Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone

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CHAPTER 3

THE GYPSY LIFE

“This Einstein will one day be a very great man.” Although Einstein had finished college having made a poor impression on his professors, the opposite was true of his peers. Einstein already was a man of great charisma and charm, to go along with his penetrating intellect and deep understanding of science. The prediction of greatness came from Einstein’s classmate Marcel Grossmann, only a few days after their first meeting in 1898. Grossmann, according to Einstein, “was a model student, close to his teachers”; he would graduate at the top of their class and within a few years become a mathematics professor himself at the Poly. He and Einstein formed a genuine friendship: “Once every week,” Einstein recalled, “I would ...

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