LAMENTING THE RUINS
As for knowing, nobody knows anything. The whole story would be a delight to diabolical Jesuit fathers.
—ALBERT EINSTEIN, NOVEMBER 1911
A distinguished white-haired man, impeccably dressed, just over seventy, took the podium to explain his theory. In the small audience of twenty-four, listening attentively, were Einstein, Lorentz, Planck, Nernst, Wien, Rutherford, Madame Curie, Jean Perrin, and H. K. Onnes, all of whom were current or future Nobel laureates, as well as major scientific figures such as Sommerfeld, Rubens, Poincaré, and Jeans. The venue was a small meeting room in the elegant Hotel Metropole in Brussels.
I decided to take as my starting point the one general concept that could meet the demands of ...