Einstein's Greatest Mistake

The Life of a Flawed Genius

Author: David Bodanis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408708086

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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Widely considered the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein revolutionised our understanding of the cosmos with his general theory of relativity and helped to lead us into the atomic age. Yet in the final decades of his life he was also ignored by most working scientists, his ideas opposed by even his closest friends. This stunning downfall can be traced to Einstein's earliest successes and to personal qualities that were at first his best assets. Einstein's imagination and self-confidence served him well as he sought to reveal the universe's structure, but when it came to newer revelations in the field of quantum mechanics, these same traits undermined his quest for the ultimate truth. David Bodanis traces the arc of Einstein's intellectual development across his professional and personal life, showing how Einstein's confidence in his own powers of intuition proved to be both his greatest strength and his ultimate undoing. He was a fallible genius. An intimate and enlightening biography of the celebrated physicist, Einstein's Greatest Mistake reveals how much we owe Einstein today - and how much more he might have achieved if not for his all-too-human flaws.

Einstein’s Quantum Error

An Approach to Rationality

Author: Simon L. Altmann

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1527514560

Category: Philosophy

Page: 130

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What is it to be rational? This is the fundamental subject of this book as long as we concern ourselves to thinking about the physical world. It used to be thought by philosophers that rational thinking required the use of principles that are absolutes, that have universal application and require no justification. This book argues that this is not so, that such principles as are used in discussing the physical world must in some way be empirically justified. The principle of causality, for instance, as this book shows, reflects the structure of the brain’s neural network – as created by the process of evolution – which is such that repeated inputs reinforce their relation to their effects. Therefore, it parallels in some way the structure of the physical world, at least insofar as the interactions of the latter with our cognitive system have guided the brain’s evolution. This book also discusses the various attacks on science and rationality that emerged during the twentieth century, and discusses very carefully the implications on the philosophy of science of the Theory of Evolution. A very unusual feature of this book is that it contains a number of poems attached at the end of certain chapters. These poems are not the usual “science poems” that are no more than the lyrical thoughts of some poets about science. They are designed to illustrate definite events in the history of science and some of the important philosophical or theological problems associated with them.

Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

Author: Hans C. Ohanian

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393337685

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

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Evaluates the contributions and achievements of Einstein from an alternative perspective of his mistakes and reliance on his predecessors, offering insight into how the discoveries of such figures as Galileo, Newton, and Copernicus shaped Einstein's career and how failures in his personal and professional arenas influenced his iconic character.

TIME in SCIENCE and LIFE the Greatest Legacy of Albert Einstein

Author: Samuel K. K. Blankson

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 1409268098


Page: 273

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PaperbackIn 1905, when Albert Einstein introduced a new theory of time as space-time, otherwise known as âlocal timeâ, some philosophers considered it as (probably) his greatest discovery. The reason, evidently, is that time is more important than anything else except life itself. But what, essentially, is it? Einstein did not give us the philosophical interpretation of space-time. That is a task for the philosophers. Samuel K. K. Blankson, the Ghanaian philosopher, gives one of the most lucid and logical interpretations of what Einstein called âtime, pure and simpleâ. The strange and extremely technical phenomenon known as âtime dilationâ, which inspired Einstein to discover his special theory of relativity, is lucidly explained. The reader will find the answer simple and most surprising, and, it is hoped, satisfactory too.

Speaking of Faith

Author: Krista Tippett

Publisher: Viking Press


Category: Religion

Page: 238

View: 528


The host of public radio's Speaking of Faith explores the role of faith in today's world, drawing on her life experiences and her in-depth conversations with such figures as Elie Wiesel, Karen Armstrong, and Thich Nhat Hanh.