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Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone

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CHAPTER 22

CHAOTIC GHOSTS

I have firmly decided to bite the dust with a minimum of medical assistance when my time has come, and up to then to sin to my wicked heart’s desire. Diet: smoke like a chimney, work like a horse, eat without thinking and choosing, go for walks only in really pleasant company, and thus only rarely, unfortunately, sleep irregularly, etc.” This was Einstein’s cheeky pronouncement to Elsa Einstein back in August 1913, before his arrival in Berlin and the monumental labors that occupied him between then and the completion of his new work on thermal radiation in 1916. Many historians regard the period of November 1915 to February of 1917 as Einstein’s second miraculous phase. During this period he produced fifteen papers, ...

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