Re: Einstein and relativity
Posted by ScienceFan on Jul 18, 2002 at 14:36
Re: Einstein and relativity (DA Morgan)
"Much of what you read is sour-grapes. Facts written in a manner to prejudice understanding."
Have you read the book? If not, you have no reason to jump to the conclusions you jump to. If you did, please quote from the book and demonstrate the facts which would support your opinion. Otherwise, the sour grapes are yours.
"Einstein made no attempt to hide the fact that his work was all based on that of others."
Oh really, then why doesn't his 1905 paper on
relativity contain a single reference? Why did Max
Born, who was Einstein's friend, find that very odd?
"But then again, so is that of anyone in any discipline. None of us live in a vacuum.
What was absolutely critically unique about Einstein was his ability to formulate the mathematics. And to suggest ways to test the theory's postulates."
The theory's postulates are the theory's conclusions, well-known experimental results. They were tested and known before they were "postulated" by begging the question. Math did exist before Einstein.
"Any idiot can get an idea. It takes a genius to
present the supporting math and the means to test
it. And please ... whenever a books says that Einstein's theory is e=mc^2 understand right then and there that the author of the book is taking great liberties with the truth. "
Obviously, you haven't read the book and are making up some straw man arguments to attack a book you haven't even read. Albert Einstein: The Incorrigible Plagiarist quotes the little tidbit of L/c^2 and states that Einstein didn't realize its implications, but others did.
"This equation is as much Einstein as cutting down a cherry tree or tossing a silver
dollar across the Potomac are George Washington."
It's not Einstein at all, and the book proves. You should read it. Then you will know how wrong you are.