CBE Distinguished Lecture Honoring Professor Herbert Morawetz: "Einstein and the Quantum"
CBE Distinguished Lecture Honoring Professor Herbert Morawetz
"Einstein and the Quantum"
Professor A. Douglas Stone
Carl A. Morse Professor of Applied Physics
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Refreshments will be served in the Dibner Foyer at 4pm
Einstein famously rejected quantum mechanics, observing that God does not play dice. But, in fact, he thought more about the nature of atoms, molecules and the emission and absorption of light - the core of what we now know as quantum theory - than he did about relativity. This lecture shares the untold story of how Einstein - not Max Planck or Niels Bohr - was the driving force behind early quantum theory, and offers a completely new perspective on the scientific achievements of the greatest intellect of the twentieth century, showing how Einstein's contributions to the development of quantum theory are more significant, perhaps, than even his legendary work on relativity.