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Date Posted: 10:45:12 01/30/06 Mon
Author: Sunshine
Subject: OT - Einstein
In reply to: manwitch 's message, "Re: Never say always" on 06:17:04 01/30/06 Mon

Einstein had more than a single idea. To just name a few 1) Special Relativity - this was an idea whose time had come, If Einstein would not have developed the concepts it was just a matter of time (and more than likely just a short time). 2) General Relativity - this is Albert's great idea and absolutely came out of nowhere. One of the singular great inspirations in all of science 3) the equivalence of mass and energy (E=mc^2)4) the photo electric effect - A key recognition of the dual nature of light and ultimately of all matter. There are many more but just about all were done prior to his 35th birthday. Of the other great 20th century development in physics, Quantum Mechanics, Einstein was on the wrong side of the debate. He never accepted the probablisitic nature of QM and I think the modern physics community would judge his position as not correct.
All this is to say that just because it turns out you do your best work early in your life does not mean you fold up shop and slink away. You continue to work at your art (as I think theoretical physics is an art) to the best of your abilities. I just think it is important to have a little perspective and understand that lightening doesn't always strike more than once. Soak in the satisfaction of doing something absolutely magical, acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishment but continue to work for the magic might actually occur again.

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  • Re: Never say always -- fidhle, 21:44:33 01/30/06 Mon
  • Re: Never say always -- MaeveRigan, 21:23:15 02/03/06 Fri

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