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Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone

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CHAPTER 11

STALKING THE PLANCK

The three of us are fine, as always. The little sprout has grown into quite an imposing impertinent fellow. As for my science, I am not all that successful at present. Soon I will reach the age of stagnation and sterility when one laments the revolutionary spirit of the young. My papers are much appreciated and are giving rise to further investigations. Professor Planck (Berlin) has recently written to me about that.”

Thus the twenty-seven-year-old Einstein wrote to his former Olympia Academy colleague Maurice Solovine in April 1906, in the after-math of his miracle year. The “little sprout” he spoke of was his first son,1 Hans Albert, who had been born on May 14, 1904, and was now coming up to his second birthday. ...

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