INTRODUCTION TO VOLUME 1 xli experimental consequences of his theoretical considerations, and, in many cases, wanted to perform the experiments himself. He later characterized his efforts during these years as aimed at finding "die wahren Gesetze" of matter and radiation "durch auf bekannte Tatsachen sich stützende konstruktive Bemühungen" (Einstein 1979, p. 48). This volume ends three years before Einstein's famed creative burst in 1905. There may always remain an inexplicable element in this sudden manifes- tation of his genius. But documentation of Einstein's apprenticeship as a student and of the beginnings of his journeymanship as a theoretical physicist will contribute to a better understanding of the emergence of the master craftsman.
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