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Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone

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CHAPTER 4

TWO PILLARS OF WISDOM

The man loved mysterious Nature as a lover loves his distant beloved. In his day there did not exist the dull specialization that stares with self-conceit through horn-rimmed glasses and destroys poetry.

—ALBERT EINSTEIN, ON MICHAEL FARADAY

About Max Planck’s studies on radiation, misgivings of a fundamental nature have arisen in my mind, so that I am reading his article with mixed feelings.” So Einstein wrote to his Dolly from Milan in April of 1901, a scant four months after Planck’s “act of desperation” in Berlin had saved his own reputation but failed to alert the physics community to the storm ahead. In the same letter Einstein ruefully admits, “soon I will have honored all physicists from the North Sea to ...

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