Count not that as yours which fortune has made yours. For Niels Bohr If I were born like you in cold Denmark In the year 1885, (Nota Bene - Not really a special year, Except that Burma became British) Would I have discovered the atom like you did? The connection you established between the quantum theory of Planck and the atomic theory of Thomson and Rutherford? Or would I have wandered through the streets of Cambridge, In my mind, the verses of Morris From The Life and Death of Jason "Dreamer of dreams, born out of due time, Why should I strive to set the crooked straight?" How would I find the Victorian Empire, the height of hypocrisy, The death of Oscar Wilde, the tales from your fellow countryman? What would I do in that most inspiring period at the beginning of the XX century? The development of electricity, the cinema, the automobile, the telephone. But also the First World War and, later on, World War II. Did you, li
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