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Albert Einstein
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Years covered: 1933

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(born Mar-14-1879, died Apr-18-1955, 76 years old) Germany (citizen of United States of America)

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Albert Einstein, born March 14, 1879, was a theoretical physicist who is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century. He proposed the Theory of Relativity, which greatly advanced humankind's understanding of the universe. He also made major contributions to the development of quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, and cosmology. He was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.

Einstein had an interest in chess. In 1936, he told a reporter that he played chess as a boy. In 1927 Einstein met Emanuel Lasker in Berlin, and they became good friends. Einstein called Lasker "a Renaissance man."

In 1931 a pamphlet was written called "One Hundred Authors Against Einstein." One of the authors was Emanuel Lasker. Lasker thought Einstein's theory of relativity was wrong and that the speed of light was limited due to particles in space. Lasker did not think there was a perfect vacuum.

Einstein is quoted as saying: "Chess grips its exponent, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom and independence of even the strongest character cannot remain unaffected."

See "Einstein and Chess" by Bill Wall

Wikipedia article: Albert Einstein

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1. Einstein vs Oppenheimer 1-024 1933 Princeton USAC70 Ruy Lopez

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Mar-16-12  Riverbeast: Interesting coincidence:

Bobby Fischer's father Paul Nemenyi was a top physicist specializing in fluid dynamics, and was well acquainted with Einstein

Einstein recommended Nemenyi for a job, and Nemenyi ended up working closely with Einstein's son

Mar-17-12  King Death: < whiteshark: <Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.<°>>>< -- Albert Einstein>

There's a quote I never saw and a very funny one!

Mar-18-12  shach matov: Ahhh uncle Albert would be so disappointed to see the state of modern physics with all the ridiculously contrived mathematical models like strings parading as a genuine theory of physics... QM is to blame for all this madness - a theory although very successful in practical terms but nevertheless a complete disaster in terms of a truly fundamental theoretical theory.

Ohhh how he hated QM and those who tried to sell it's probabilistic interpretation. He would ask: how can you seriously tell me that uncertainly is a fundamental law of nature when you know close to zero about nature? Where does this blind arrogance comes from, he would ask. How can a mere human be so blind as to think that he can make grandiose claims about the most fundamental aspects of the physical world when he can't even explain what a photon is or where inertia comes from?

That's why he endlessly argued with Bohr about the uncertainty principle - the greatest physicist in history was more modest than his juniors who decided that they are so smart as to claim that the nature is fundamentally probabilistic. Well afterall their convoluted and contrived new theory tells them so...

But he himself created QM didn't he? No contradictions here but merely a sign of a truly deep and humble mind which is able to see the shortcomings of its own creation.

After the truly great Relativity Theory we're left at a dead-end and there is no light at the end of the tunnel. The photon is as mysterious as ever, as well as the nature of space and inertia. Nobody has any answers, and we're not even able to ask the right questions.

Are we desperate enough to make a great leap in imagination and consider space as a discrete fabric... are we brave enough to build a discrete calculus and rework the whole of continuous physics in terms of the new discrete mathematics? There doesn't seem to be any other way... or perhaps it's time to ask Albert's spirit for help? He did once say that it's possible that the future generations will find it necessary to look at a discrete space. Loop QM is trying, but not hard enough. But that is the only way to make progress: once space is not continuous anymore, everything else will fall into place. And maybe we'll even be able to explain inertia without Mach.

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  Travis Bickle: "I want to know Gods thoughts…. all the rest are just details". Albert Einstein
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  whiteshark: Naked science:
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Oct-25-12  Six66timesGenius: "The world as i see it"by Albert Einstien book its free to download ebook .jar format
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  twinlark: I always thought I knew what temperature meant, but now I realise that I'd had no idea.

<A Temperature Below Absolute Zero: Atoms at Negative Absolute Temperature Are the Hottest Systems in the World>:

Jan-08-13  Tomlinsky: Thoughts on calibrating a circular infinity are just what were needed at 2am <tl>. Another coffee it is then. Thanks. ;)
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  Abdel Irada: <Tomlinsky: Thoughts on calibrating a circular infinity are just what were needed at 2am <tl>. Another coffee it is then. Thanks. ;)>

Good idea. Coffee provides an excellent practical demonstration of brownian motion, which should inspire you to your best efforts.

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  whiteshark: legitimate question ;D
Mar-09-13  Dionysius1: An empty mind, I suppose. I don't get the point of the great man's question!
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  WannaBe: You're still Da Man!!

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  whiteshark: “When the poet <Paul Valery> once asked Albert Einstein if he kept a notebook to record his ideas, Einstein looked at him with mild but genuine surprise.

<"Oh, that's not necessary,"> he replied . <"It's so seldom I have one.”>

-- Bill Bryson, A Short History of Nearly Everything

Aug-02-13  Penguincw: K Quote of the Day K

"chess holds its master in its own bonds--fetters and in some ways shapes his spirit, so that under it the inner freedom of the very strongest must suffer."


Aug-02-13  BlackFront: Line from the film, <The Million-Pound Note>: 'Chess isn't a game; it's a disease!'
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  whiteshark: <The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.>

- Albert Einstein

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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday, Al!
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  offramp: I believe that only 1% of the sayings attributed to Einstein were really by him.
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  HeMateMe: I think he was the first guy with extensions. He was just showing off, you know.
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  WannaBe: Well, you are right, again...

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  waustad: <offramp>Yogi Berra was like that. There is even a book with this quote on the cover: "I Really Didn't Say Everything I Said"
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  alexmagnus: < I always thought I knew what temperature meant, but now I realise that I'd had no idea.>

Heh, I remember when I read that piece of news first. Same thoughts - after all, at schools we are taught hat temperature is the kinetic energy of the particles... which it isn't :D

< I believe that only 1% of the sayings attributed to Einstein were really by him.>

What's even funnier, his <most famous> saying are not by him or most probably not by him. For example there is some evidence that the phrase about the universe and human stupidity was coined by someone else. It appears first in a book by Frederick Perls from 1947, and is attributed to "a great astronomer" there. The first attribution to Einstein goes back to Perls too, 20 years later. My hunch: the atucl author is Perls himself.

I kind of collect popular falsely attributed quotes by the way.

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  alexmagnus: <atucl>

How can one mistype "actual" like this? :D

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  Sneaky: <zanzibar> inspired me to find the original document, and it's so awesome to lay eyes on it, I have to share:

There it is, "Die Feldgleichungen der Gravitation", the single most important scientific paper of the 20th century.

Only three and half pages long—I wish I could read German to enjoy it in its original expression.

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