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Well, that was not very well expressed--I guess I was taking over from the
I regret that you pin all your hopes for success on a unitary factor called
'brilliance', a pseudonym for intelligence, I suppose.
This is almost unAmerican! There are results that show that more
than a quite modest surfeit of 'brains' does not go with greatly
increased life-success... I would like you to think that a good
experimental researcher can rub off some helpful research traits on a
This counts as nothing more than personal speculation: but these folksGood point! Philosophers, I at least, are prone to group physicists into a
were not principally experimentalists. Theorists have much less accessible
skills and talents to demonstrate to those around them.
I don't think Einstein ever had an academic position where he would have
You are discounting his months(!) at Prague.
His son describes it best in retrospect ( though he was but 6 at
the time...) "He had to lecture" [on a schedule bw] "on experimental