INTRODUCTION
TO
VOLUME
1
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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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