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Posted by Bruce on October 22, 2001 23:30:36 UTC

"Einstein's article was received at the offices of the Annalen der Physik in Leipzig on 30 June 1905. It was perused for accuracy and importance by a referee, was passes as acceptable, and was published.
In the weeks after publication, Einstein waited expectantly for a response from the great physicists of the day. His viewpoint and conclusions were so radical and had so little experimental basis that he expected sharp criticism and controversy. Instead he was met with stony silence. Finally, many weeks later, there arrived a letter from Berlin: Max Planck wanted clarification of some technical issues in the paper. Einstein was overjoyed! To have the attention of Planck, one of the most renowned of all living physicists, was deeply satisfying. And when Planck went on, the following year, to use Einstein's principle of relativity as a central tool in his own research, Einstein was further heartened. Planck's approval, the gradual approval of other leading physicists, and most important his own supreme self-confidence held Einstein firm throughout the following twenty years as the controversy he had expected did, indeed, swirl around his relativity theory."

It is still controversial but with 75 years of experimental verification the controversy is reduced to those who call it nonsense while avoiding any knowlwedge of what 'it is' and all evidence of its verification.

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