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“Einstein” must mean a really stupid person

2 May 2013, 18:51 UTC
“Einstein” must mean a really stupid person
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If you judged from my email inbox and Twitter feed, you might think that Albert Einstein was a stupid person, wrong about everything. You might also think that Einstein was the only physicist of the 20th century, the one against whom all our achievements are measured, one way or another. Press releases announce “Was Einstein [...]

xkcd as usual gets it right.
If you judged from my email inbox and Twitter feed, you might think that Albert Einstein was a stupid person, wrong about everything. You might also think that Einstein was the only physicist of the 20th century, the one against whom all our achievements are measured, one way or another. Press releases announce “Was Einstein wrong?”, “Einstein survives another test”, and the like; crackpots tell me that “Einstein was never right to begin with”.
That’s why I feel I could use the accompanying xkcd comic on many of my blog posts. Einstein was arguably the single biggest contributor to modern physics, having established or helped develop several different major theories. However, the theories stand or fall on other things than Einstein’s connection to them. If Einstein had never been born, we’d still have quantum mechanics, both theories of ...

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