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12/6/2008 12:40:54 PM
Posted: 8 years ago
At 12/6/2008 12:37:18 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
What did einstein, in less than 3, 10 line paragraph's, really do for science?

"Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. He is best known for his theory of relativity and specifically mass–energy equivalence, expressed by the equation E = mc2. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect."

Einstein's many contributions to physics include his special theory of relativity, which reconciled mechanics with electromagnetism, and his general theory of relativity, which was intended to extend the principle of relativity to non-uniform motion and to provide a new theory of gravitation. His other contributions include advances in the fields of relativistic cosmology, capillary action, critical opalescence, classical problems of statistical mechanics and their application to quantum theory, an explanation of the Brownian movement of molecules, atomic transition probabilities, the quantum theory of a monatomic gas, thermal properties of light with low radiation density (which laid the foundation for the photon theory), a theory of radiation including stimulated emission, the conception of a unified field theory, and the geometrization of physics.

Einstein published over 300 scientific works and over 150 non-scientific works. In 1999 Time magazine named him the "Person of the Century". In wider culture the name "Einstein" has become synonymous with genius, and he has since been regarded as one of the most influential people in human history."

*Now paraphrase all of that.

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1/18/2009 1:10:12 PM
Posted: 7 years ago
Einstein explained gravity by curving space in a fourth dimension and making a bunch of really crazy predictions which all turned out to the true and all a natural consequence of the observation that light always travels at the same speed regardless where it's going or how fast the going is going.
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2/17/2014 9:52:02 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
In 1905 he:

Showed atoms were real by analysis of Brownian motion
Explained photoelectric effect and laid the foundation for quantum physics.
Derived Lorentz's transforms from first principles showing that Maxwell's laws just like all others are velocity independent. This forced us to rethink time and space leading to space-time. This gave us further insight into force and motion.
Showed that energy and mass are equivalent leading to greater understanding of nuclear physics. Fission and fusion are explained by this.

In other words he causes 4 paradigm shifts in our ideas in one year!

Not content with this he hits us with general relativity in 1916. If he had put trust in his own mathematics he would have predicted the expansion of the universe based only on the assumption of equivalence of inertial and gravitational mass. In other words just through thought alone he extrapolated from a simple assumption to the furthest edge of the universe.

His ideas, like those of the other greats like Newton, Feynmann,Darwin, al-Khwarizmi etc. will still be talked about while human civilisation still exists. Where as Justin Bieber
will be totally forgotten. Hurray!
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2/18/2014 5:01:37 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 12/6/2008 12:37:18 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
What did einstein, in less than 3, 10 line paragraph's, really do for science?

Popularized the crazy scientist look.
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2/20/2014 6:19:53 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 12/6/2008 12:37:18 PM, I-am-a-panda wrote:
What did einstein, in less than 3, 10 line paragraph's, really do for science?

Einstein's legacy is a lot more than a set of physical theories that have been proven experimentally to be true, he completely redefined reality as we know it and in the process he necessarily redefined the very nature of reasoning, deductive logic, and rational thinking and their correspondence to physical reality, in short, he redefined the very nature of truth. He didn't just bring about a new age of physics, he ushered forth a manner of thinking that completely revolutionized and has characterized science for the last hundred years, resulting in an unprecedented explosion of scientific knowledge and insight. He recast scientific thought, gave it a different shape, one that penetrated deeper and farther. He didn"t just tell us that the universe is physically larger than we had thought it was; he showed us that it was deeper, with more dimensions, and much vaster than any of our previous spatial and temporal descriptions had done justice to. He mentally transcended the frame of reference of the four dimensional reality that we experience to uncover a deeper reality, he showed us that the four dimensional reality that we experience is merely a limited aspect of a far greater reality in which we live and move and have our being. He showed us how our ability to explain natural phenomena is constrained by our normal human faculty of comprehension and explained to us that reality is much more than we think it is, and probably more than we can think it is. He introduced a fundamentally new relationship between subjective and objective, between inner reality and outer reality, and in the process he redefined the very nature of truth itself. Scientifically, he gave us a truth that set us free.

At the peak of our materialistic and deterministic hubris, he came forward to sever the uncritical connections between classical thought and reality to demonstrate that reality is ultimately indeterminate and that the facts of science had become conceptually inconsistent under the old hubristic models. What made Einstein great was not some intellectual ability to resolve conflict by determining which side was right, that simply is not what he did to completely revolutionize understanding in physics. Only one representative example would be the battle between wave theory and particle theory of light that had vehemently raged between two "sides" for decades before Einstein stepped in and shut it all down. He did not determine which side was right, he said both sides were right, and both sides were wrong. He allowed two mutually exclusive theories, two irreconcilable "sides" full freedom to exist simultaneously in his mind with the implicit understanding that perhaps both were expressions of a higher truth, and then worked it all out to achieve a higher and more comprehensive understanding of the underlying truth, and in so doing, he completely revolutionized physics. Again and again he engaged in this type of mental process and astounded the scientific world with his insights into the true nature of physical reality. That was his brilliance and the key to his genius. Einstein"s gift to mankind was one of completely transcending the limitations of what we had previously achieved intellectually by looking beyond either/or thinking, looking deeper into the artificially contrived conflicts, past the shallow literalisms of conventional thought to find a higher truth in the reconciliation of the two sides.

Conflict is tearing our world apart, and in no uncertain terms, Einstein showed us a deeper level of reality by mentally reaching beyond our typical and limited ability to form either/or concepts, to find a higher truth that resolves conflict. Nothing is more important to mankind today than the resolution of conflict, and in the name of progress, for the survival and flourishing of mankind, humanity is obliged to learn from what he taught us.
"It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive." " C. W. Leadbeater