MORE HEAT THAN LIGHT
“I have again made the acquaintance of a sorry example of that species—one of the leading physicists of Germany. To two pertinent objections which I raised about one of his theories and which demonstrate a direct defect in his conclusions, he responds by pointing out that another (infallible) colleague of his shares his opinion. I will shortly give that man a kick up the backside with a hefty publication. Authority befuddled is the greatest enemy of truth.”
Such was the feisty mood of Einstein as he wrote in July of 1901 to an old friend, Jost Winteler. The object of his ire was Paul Drude, theorist and chief editor of Annalen der Physik, the most prestigious physics journal in the world at that time. Drude himself ...