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Einstein and the Quantum by A. Douglas Stone

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CHAPTER 29

NICHT DIESE TÖNE

All the fifty years of conscious brooding have brought me no closer to the answer to the question, “what are light quanta?” Of course today every rascal thinks he knows the answer, but he is deluding himself.

—EINSTEIN TO BESSO, 1951

Here I sit in order to write, at the age of 67, something like my own obituary … [this] does … not come easy—today’s person of 67 is by no means the same as was the one of 50, of 30 or of 20. Every reminiscence is colored by today’s being what it is, and therefore by a deceptive point of view.” Einstein, in the autobiographical sketch he thus begins, confirms his initial disclaimer. Readers hoping to learn from the man himself amusing anecdotes or details of his personal life were disappointed; ...

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