Einstein on Gibbs

Of Gibbs he wrote:`[His] book is … a masterpiece, even though it is hard to read and the main points are found between the lines’. A year before his death, Einstein paid Gibbs the highest compliment. When asked who were the greatest men, the most powerful thinkers he had known, he replied ‘Lorentz,’ and added, ‘I never met Willard Gibbs; perhaps, had I done so,  I might have placed him beside Lorentz’

From Abraham Pais’ Subtle is the Lord…: The science and life of Albert Einstein. I first read the book sometime in 1991-1992. I am reading it again and my comprehension of the details is much better this time around. Enjoyable and strongly recommended by the way (and, an Oxford lives paperback is available for about 400 rupees)!

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One Response to “Einstein on Gibbs”

  1. rajesh prasad Says:

    I read the “Chapter 5: The Reality of Molecules” yesterday and today. Very enlightening indeed. Nice to know that with how much struggle the atoms were accepted. The author also praises Atoms by Jean Perrin as ‘one of the finest books on physics written in 20th century’.

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