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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-21-06 10:06 AM
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52. Very good link OMC - thanks for contributing it.
The Joffe "evidence" seems to be a poor translation of Russian and poor interpretation of Swedish culture:

"What he (Joffe) actually wrote, in an obituary for Einstein in 1955, was "In 1905, three articles appeared in the Annalen der Physik which began three very important branches of 20th-century physics. Those were the theory of Brownian motion, the photon theory of light, and the theory of relativity. The author of these articles, an unknown person at the time, was a bureaucrat at the Patent Office in Bern, Einstein-Marity (Marity - the maiden name of his wife, which by Swiss custom is added to the husband's family name)."

Joffe is clearly describing one author, employed at the Patent Office, whose married name - by Swedish custom - was a hyphenate of his name and his wife's.

This does still leave open whether/how much she contributed, but it does not make the case that it was her work (or even equally his and hers).

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