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From The Best Schools: Remembering Einstein

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James Barham: Here.

Remembering Einstein’ honors the achievement of one of the most original and influential scientists—and creative human beings—who ever lived. To do this, we set about trying to gather reminiscences of Einstein from surviving scientists who knew him personally when they were young. We contacted dozens of individuals who we thought might have crossed paths with the great man during his last years, which were spent at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. But it’s now been 57 years since Einstein died. As one might expect, there are only a few scientists still alive who were directly acquainted with him. In this feature, we give edited versions of the reminiscences of three of them.


3 Replies to “From The Best Schools: Remembering Einstein

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    Robert Byers says:

    Thats a great point by Einstein about NOT believing stuff just because its in the news or everybody believes it. The last comment on the link.
    just as questioning evolution today can not be refuted bu counting heads of those who believe in it.

    I don’t agree Einstein or anybody should be said to be the greatest scientist.
    One needs to prove his or anybodys conclusions required more intelligence/science/effort then anything else that is done of note.
    Medical advances or anything is not innately inferior in the line of reasoning and investigation.
    I might be wrong but need proof it isn’t just a prejudice that physics is more complicated intellectually or more importantly in its creative advancement.
    In short its the new idea that should be weighed and not the understanding of the subject.
    everybody today could understand physics but they contribute nothing.

    In fact I have recently been reading Einstein’s book on his discovery.
    i don’t understand it as i don’t apply enough attention and have other motives for reading it.
    Its funny how he said in part of it one should first guess and then prove it.
    He talks about intuition being a poor guide even though this is involved in evolution a great deal especially with using fossils as evidence for biological change.

    I like Einsteins achievement but don’t see it as that big a deal.
    Its cool but not intellectually as difficult as they make out.
    Biology is more complicated then physics.
    Few people got into high physics and easily figured things out.
    Biology is dealt with by great numbers and makes little progress.
    Newton and Einstein possibly hurt the advancement of science by the idea that they did big things because physics is most difficult.
    In fact it was overrated in its intellectual difficulty.

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    Axel says:

    No. I don’t think it’s the physics, as such, Robert. I think it’s the massiveness of the paradigm shift, forcing the mechanistic simpletons to face up the enormously seminal paradoxes upon which even the truths of our physical world are based.

    His genius, as he more or less stated, lay in his imagination (intuition, inspiration), coupled with a courageous, unshakeable belief in what his intelligence, rather than the scientific establishment, was telling him.

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    Robert Byers says:

    I have been reading ,trying too, his book “the evolution of physics” with Infeld.

    He did stress the word GUESS for him and earlier Newton/Galileo.

    I don’t see him or anyone as a genius. just someone with a better idea.
    I don’t physics as more complicated then many other subjects but certainly not biology. physics seems quite simple in reality and why so few people quickly figured it out long before other subjects.

    He did say ignore authority and he did.
    Thats a lesson for creationism to teach evolutionists and company.

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