"I think part of the question is a certain willful disregard of his elders a certain arrogant youthful enthusiasm. But I think it's also - we need to look not just at the fact that this paper doesn't look like other physics papers, that it's visual, that it doesn't cite others ... It looks a lot like a patent application. Which by law is required to address itself to the general reader trained in the art rather than a super expert. It's got to be organized around something that can be pictorially understood ... At least very visual representation of what your doing. That is one of the things that Einstein had to be taught to do, but he learned that lesson, and very well. In a patent you don't want a lot of footnotes. You are trying to establish your intellectual priority. The last thing you want to do is to talk about the 73 other people who did it first. And I think with Einstein in this paper too, he wanted to establish the newness and freshness of what he was doing. It's break from the past, not it's similarity to what went before."
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