Leipzig and Berlin: Druck und Verlag Von B. G. Teubner, 1914. First Edition. Wrappers. 1st edition (in German), containing the first appearance in print anywhere (page 24, note 50) of H. A. Lorentz’s (the 1902 Nobel Laureate in physics) distilling of Einstein’s original 1905 formula for the Special Theory of Relativity, L / V 2 • A, or something like that, into its most basic and famous form, e=Mc2, with “e” being energy, “M” for mass and “c” for the speed of light (3X108 ms, in a vacuum). Original wrappers. Very good. Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity followed in 1916, though a unified theory, fusing the cosmic and atomic, eluded him. But wait, there’s less. What surprised me was that Lorentz didn’t single out e=Mc2 from more than a dozen other variations of the formula in his article, and Einstein did not adopt what Lorentz discovered (the exquisite universally praised as true art), form, in a printed article until the April, 1946 issue of Science Illustrated (page 16), and a very good copy of that magazine is included here. Very good. Item #345
An affinity for science and an eye for the art in it, do not necessarily exist in the same person, and though experimental proofs would fail to confirm it, I see indications, not without allure, that the strongest force in the universe is gossip, and that twerking will shake out all your luck. And here’s my science question: How much deeper would the ocean be if there weren’t any sponges in it?