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Posted by Paul R. Martin on October 22, 2001 22:40:54 UTC

Hi Bruce,

You are right: what I said was a pretty weak basis for inference. I have had the general impression for a long time that Einstein's ideas weren't accepted right away. But when I tried to recall what had formed that impression, the first thing that came to mind was that gap between publishing and gaining a respectable professorship. Of course, that was undoubtedly not where my impression came from. I really don't know where I got that notion.

But, I am not asking for help with my logic either. I am simply asking for help getting my history right. What you offered me was nothing I didn't already know, and it is not inconsistent with the facts I stated in my premise, in spite of my syllogism being a non sequitur.

The historical point at issue is whether or not Einstein's ideas were accepted right away or not. I think they were not. Do you think they were?

Warm regards,


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