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  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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Chris Crawford

Perhaps you are going about this wrong. I made a necklace some years back consisting of about 50 beads. The first bead is a fragment of an iron-nickel meteorite, perhaps 4 billion years old. The second is made from banded iron, the first indication of life on this planet, about 2 billion years old. Next comes a stromatolite at 1 billion years old. And so it continues through trilobyte, dinosaur tooth, petrified wood, copralite, Paleolithic flint tool, wooly mammoth ivory, Sumerian bead, pumice from Pompeii, medieval arrowhead, parchment, Civil War bullet, trinitite, concluding with a piece of pure silicon. The necklace fascinates all who see it. Yes, it humbles one to see the history of this planet in a single necklace, but it is inspiring as well. Why is this such a bad thing?

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