Science: Lost Passion

Gentle Dr.Albert Einstein has a learned complaint to make in the current Scientific American.* In language shrouded in darkling mathematics, he takes modern physicists to task for what he considers their lack of interest in the greatest problem still unsolved. "There exists a passion for comprehension," writes Dr. Einstein, "just as there exists a passion for music. That passion is rather common in children, but gets lost in most people later on." ¶Present-day physicists, Einstein believes, are so busy gathering facts about the innards of atoms that they have no time for the great, round, four-dimen sional universe....