Tuesday, May 16, 2006

More on Einstein and ethos

I had trouble sleeping last night, so I took a look at The End of the Certain World: The Life and Science of Max Born. It's a bit too interesting to work well as a cure for insomnia. It's especially interesting to read in conjunction with anything about Einstein, because Born and Einstein were working at the same time and had some of the same influences. (It was to Max Born that Einstein made his famous remark about God not playing dice with the universe.)

But what I really wanted to mention is this line, which relates to the last post: "Some physicists threw the ideas of Einstein and Lorentz together, referring to 'their' theory as the 'Lorentz-Einstein Principle of Relativity'" (41). If Einstein's lack of citations in his paper was, indeed, an attempt to create a division between himself and other scientists, it apparently didn't work well at all.


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