Albert Einstein, His Work and its Influence on Our World

Albert Einstein, His Work and its Influence on Our World

Albert Einstein, His Work and its Influence on Our World

Albert Einstein, His Work and its Influence on Our World

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In 1955 relativity theory will be half a century old. Today it is looked upon by physicists as a classical theory, and the turbulent times when it was disputed and attacked seem distant and forever past. Yet even as late as 1921 a distinguished physicist, von Laue, wrote in a preface to his scholarly book:

Much admired and much cursed stands general relativity today. Those who shout loudest on both sides have one thing in common: they have a hearty ignorance of what they speak about.

Today, however, the shouts have subsided, relativity theory has become respectable and has taken its place as a cornerstone in the structure of modern physics. Its creator is looked upon as "the greatest living scientist" and his fame is more widespread than that of kings and presidents. It is time to look back, to view the Einstein revolutions as they developed and to see what their impact has been upon our age.

Let us first try to remove the effects of prejudices, meaningless slogans repeated thousands of times by word of mouth, by radio and by the press.

One of them claims that it is impossible for the ordinary person to understand Dr. Einstein's ideas. He is the high priest of mathematical learning and there are only twelve men who really understand him.

It is not easy to fight prejudices. I cannot even say that the . . .

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