"“I was sitting, writing at my textbook, but the work did not progress. My thoughts were elsewhere. I turned my chair to the fire, and dozed. Again the atoms were gamboling before my eyes. This time the smaller groups kept modestly in the background. My mental eye rendered more acute by repeated visions of this kind, could now distinguish larger structures of manifold conformations, long rows, some-times more closely fitted together, all twisting and turning in snake-like motion. But look! What was that? One of the snakes has seized hold of its own tail, and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes. As if by a flash of lightning I woke… I spent the rest of the night working out the consequences of the hypothesis.
Let us learn to dream, gentlemen, and then perhaps we shall learn the truth.”