The story is that Einstein was shown a German newspaper that claimed "One hundred German physicists claim Einsteins theory of relativity is wrong." Einsteins reply was supposedly, "If I were wrong, it would only take one." I have looked and looked for this story and I can't find it anywhere. Did I just dream of it?

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    $\begingroup$ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$ Mar 1 '16 at 12:59
  • $\begingroup$ If Einstein were right about his theory of relativity there would be an English translation of the work: 'One Hundred Author's Against Einstein'. The fact this book has never been translated into English raises both of my eyebrows. How about you? $\endgroup$
    – HenryB
    Sep 25 '18 at 19:32
  • $\begingroup$ I've also seen Einstein's retort paraphrased as, "to defeat relativity one did not need the word of 100 scientists, just one fact." $\endgroup$ Jun 3 at 19:31

From The Ultimate Quotable Einstein p. 170:

If I were wrong, then one [author] would have been enough!

Einstein’s retort with regard to his theory when he heard that a book titled 100 Authors against Einstein was published in Germany. Quoted in Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time (London: Bantam, 1988), 178

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    $\begingroup$ Hawking (1988) is not a primary source for something that is supposed to have been said in 1931. $\endgroup$
    – fdb
    Mar 5 '16 at 23:36
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    $\begingroup$ This is an answer to the question "Did I just dream it?" which is the only question in the OP. $\endgroup$ Sep 25 '18 at 21:44
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    $\begingroup$ There is the title question. The quote has all the signs of being apocryphal — e.g. collected works of one of the 100 (Salomo Friedlaender, in book pp. 8–10) has the alleged German version with footnote: “source undetermined”. $\endgroup$ Sep 26 '18 at 1:08

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