EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 1879-1955. Typed Letter Signed ("A. Einstein"), in English, 1p, 4to, Princeton, N.J., September 10, 1945,

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EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 1879-1955.
Typed Letter Signed ("A. Einstein"), in English, 1p, 4to, Princeton, N.J., September 10, 1945,

US$ 12,000 - 18,000
£ 9,800 - 15,000
EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 1879-1955.
Typed Letter Signed ("A. Einstein"), in English, 1p, 4to, Princeton, N.J., September 10, 1945, to Mr. M.C. Coodall of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co of Essex, England, discussing the future basis of physics, his feelings about quantum mechanics, and fundemental physical laws, on Princeton Institute for Advanced Study letterhead, creases where previously folded, a few staple holes, some very small ink spots, Red docketing stamp to upper right corner.

EINSTEIN ON QUANTUM THEORY. An important letter, in which Einstein expresses his essential disinterest in the current theoretical work in Quantum Mechanics, which, as Einstein reveals, stems from his antagonism to the prevailing view of quantum theory. This letter shows that Einstein's core conviction is that physics is a science dealing with "real entities" related in a deterministic and non-probabilistic manner– a perspective which quantum theory had renounced, but which Einstein believed physics would necessarily have to embrace again.
In full: "Dear Sir: I cannot pretend to have grasped the ideas which you have indicated in your letter of August 12th. The reason may be that my own expectations concerning the future basis of physics are very different from your own. This is because I don't believe that the fundamental physical laws may consist in relations between probabilities for the real things, but for relations concerning the things themselves (fields f.i.). For this reason I am not enough aquantied [sic] with the attempts to expand the contemporary quantum-mechanics to fields and I am not able to give judgement about such efforts. I know that my friend, Professor Max Born (University of Edinburgh) has worked arduously in this direction so that I suggest to you to get in touch with him about the matter. Yours very sincerely, Albert Einstein."
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