Annus Mirabilis papers

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Einstein in 1904 or 1905, at the time he wrote the Annus Mirabilis papers

The annus mirabilis papers (from Latin annus mīrābilis, "extraordinary year") are the papers of Albert Einstein published in the Annalen der Physik scientific journal in 1905. These four articles contributed substantially to the foundation of modern physics and changed views on space, time, mass, and energy. The annus mirabilis is often called the "miracle year" in English or Wunderjahr in German.

Quotes about Annus Mirabilis papers[edit]

  • In contemplating the papers Einstein wrote in 1905, I often find myself wondering which of them is the most beautiful. It is a little like asking which of Beethoven’s symphonies is the most beautiful.
    • Jeremy Bernstein, Quantum Profiles (1991), John Stewart Bell: Quantum Engineer
  • 1905 is often described as Einstein’s annus mirabilis: a wonderful year in which he came up with three remarkable ideas. These were the Brownian motion in fluids, the photoelectric effect and the special theory of relativity. Each of these was of a basic nature and also had a wide impact on physics.
    • Jayant V. Narlikar, An Introduction to Relativity (2010)

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