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Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone

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CHAPTER 15

JOINING THE UNION

So, now I too am an official member of the guild of whores.” Thus Einstein announced to a friend, Jakob Laub, his long-overdue acceptance into the Swiss professoriate. Einstein had been appointed extraordinary professor of theoretical physics at the University of Zurich on May 7, 1909, and was writing shortly thereafter to describe the last phase of his “hazing” before admission to the fraternity. This same Laub, a young Austrian physicist who had studied with Wien, had written Einstein fourteen months earlier, saying, “I must tell you quite frankly that I was surprised to read that you must sit in an office for eight hours a day. History is full of bad jokes.” Laub was reflecting the general amazement in German ...

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