Luca Amendola

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Lost in translation

Can you believe that one of the most famous papers in statistical mechanics, written by the most famous scientist of all times, available to everybody since 90 years in German, has apparently never been translated to English so far? Well, it was high time to fill this gap: here is the English translation of the paper Quantentheorie des einatomigen idealen Gases (Quantum Theory of a Monoatomic Ideal Gas; original version here) written by  Einstein in 1924. In this paper  Einstein develops the Bose-Einstein statistics. In a subsequent one, published in 1925, he predicts the so-called Bose-Einstein condensate. Also surprisingly, the second paper has been translated only recently, along with the original Bose paper that Einstein himself, ironically, had to translate from English to German to have it published in a German journal.