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... From: Kronos Vol. I No. 4 (Winter 1976) Home¦ Issue Contents The Personal Tragedy of Albert Einstein H. C. Dudley [* This article is one of the chapters of prof. Dudley's forthcoming book The Morality of nuclear Planning?? See THE BOOK CASE elsewhere in this issue for further details. Copyright© 1976 by H. C. Dudley.Relativity is consequently now accepted as a faith. It is inadvisable to devote attention to its paradoxical aspects.-- R. A. Houstoun, Treatise on Light (1938) Students of the physical sciences, and of mathematics, have for the past 30-40 years been so busy mastering the basics of their chosen field, that there has been little time or inclination to study the history of their field in order to learn how the assumptions and logic of the early workers in the field established the basic framework, now quite rigid as the result of long usage. Today's scientists and mathematicians assume that all that has gone before is flawless and they can therefore proceed safely without ...
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12. I Would Have Written to You [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... ? I Would Have Written to You ? From Einstein ? s letter I learned that he had read my Stargazers and Gravediggers. Actually I had not intended to show it to him: as already said, on one of those two evenings in March when we read line by line my ? "On the Four Systems of the World,? and Miss Dukas was present, I gave her the first file of those memoirs to read in order to keep her awake. But Einstein read it as well; in the first file the story is brought up to the time just before my parting with Macmillan. A year earlier, upon reading the exchange of letters between Shapley and the Macmillan Company, Einstein said that the material must be made public but that somebody with dramatic talent should be entrusted with the presentation of the story; now, upon reading the manuscript, he obviously found that I had succeeded in the task. The first folder of the ? Memoirs ? was returned to me several of its sections were supplied with marginal notes by a pencil ...
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13. Einstein [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... Einstein Einstein was born in 1879, the year Maxwell died. It was the year when Michelson made the first in the series of his experiments in investigating the velocity of light. Einstein was born in Ulm, the town in which Kepler, his favorite scientist of earlier times, had spent some of the last months of his life, before dying in 1630. In high school the geography teach declared Einstein to be moronic; in the Zurich Polytechnic his physics professor, as Einstein told me, once said to him: ? In this college the poorest class is of experimental physics, and the poorest pupil are you.? Upon graduation he was unable to secure a teaching position and, after years of private tutoring of students deficient in mathematics, he was happy to receive the position of a patent examiner in the Bern Patent Office. There he profited in learning to express himself in short and exact terms. At the age of twenty-six, in 1905, he offered the theory of relativity, later called the ? special ? or ? restricted ? ...
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14. Einstein's Biggest Blunder [SIS Internet Digest $]
... From: SIS Internet Digest 2000:2 (Dec 2000) Home¦ Issue Contents Einstein's Biggest Blunder Broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 in the programme Equinox, Mon 23rd October 2000. 9pm The idea that the speed of light is always constant, on which Einstein's Theory of Relativity depends, is the foundation stone of modern cosmology. Yet there were problems with the Theory of Relativity that perplexed Einstein himself. Now a group of scientists is finding solutions to those problems by proposing the heretical idea that the speed of light has changed since the Universe was created. In doing so, they are creating a new revolution in scientific thought. Space and time are relative- they stretch and contract depending on the motion of the observer- but the speed of light is a constant. It always has been the same and always will be the same. This is the basis of the theory Einstein brilliantly expounded in 1905, and it became a basic precept of 20th-century physics. But in 1996, two young scientists, Andy Albrecht and ...
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15. At McCarter Theater [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... At McCarter Theater A couple of weeks after my lecture before the Forum, it happened that at a concert at McCarter Theater in Princeton we met Einstein. It may be that he made up his mind to show a little of his change of heart in order to erase the impression of rejection he had left with me over a year earlier. During the intermission he stood up, greeted us from his seat a short distance away, and asked me to sit and chat with him. I took a temporarily vacant seat in the row in front of him, turning my head to hear him speak. There was something very unusual in this man. I am not a hero-worshipper, more nearly an iconoclast: great names do not startle me, nor do they make me feel humble. But in Einstein I felt this time something I had not felt on meeting him in Berlin, when he was a jolly man in his early forties who had achieved singular and spectacular success which was still new to him, and I was still in my twenties; ...
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16. The Last Week [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... The Last Week When I returned home I did what I had never before felt the need to do. Thinking of that part of our conversation where Eintein announced that he could explain all the phenomena described in my book without recourse to electromagnetic interplays, and realizing that I should have stuck to this subject during our conversation, I wrote down how the dialogue went and how it should have gone. It took me a full week to prepare the few details for Einstein so that he could write to Dr. W. C. Hayes of the Metropolitan Museum concerning the desired radiocarbon tests but the real cause of my procrastination was my desire to answer Einstein on two points of our debate. Is it possible to measure the charge of the Earth with an electroscope? Is it feasible that the sun may be charged? One of my critics, Laurence Lafleur, of whom Einstein read in File II of Stargazers and Gravediggers, asserted in Scientific Monthly in an article directed against me that if the Earth were charged, an electroscope would show this. Surprisingly, ...
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17. Mercury [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... . Other conjectures were made, such as a surmise that the mass of the Sun is not uniformly distributed, or that the Sun is a slightly ? loaded ? body; but there was nothing to support this particular claim apart from the fact tht the anomaly of Mercury needed to be accounted for. Thus Leverrier in the same year 1845, by discovering Neptune confirmed the gravitational theory of Newton, and by discovering the anomaly of Mercury he cast doubt on the theory ? s infallibility. Seventy years after Leverrier calculated the anomaly, Einstein offered his explanation of it in his General Theory of Relativity (1911-1915) Ten years earlier he had published his Special Theory of Relativity (so named when the General Theory was adduced). In the Special Theory (1905) he deprived space and time, or their units, of the attribute of constancy --a second or a meter on a body moving in relation to an observer is no longer exactly a second or a meter, and he attributed constancy to the velocity of light, independently of whether the source of light ...
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18. Foreword [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... FOREWORD This unpublished manuscript is a chronicle of Immanuel Velikovsky ? s contacts and debates with Albert Einstein. The two men first met in the early 1920 ? s, when Einstein edited the Mathematica et Physica section of Scripta Universitatis atque Bibliothecae Hierosolymitanarum (Writings of the University and the Library of Jerusalem), of which Velikovsky was the general editor. There were a number of other contacts over the years, and in the late 1940 ? s Einstein read parts of Worlds in Collision prior to publication. Velikovsky begins his story in 1952, with a brief meeting at the lake in Princeton between the Velikovskys and Einstein. Velikovsky saw this meeting as a low point in the relationship between himself and Einstein. He then reviews, in a lengthy flashback, the contacts of the previous thirty years. Next he turns to the main subject of this book, the series of letters and conversations from 1952 to 1955 that were the setting of the ongoing debate between Einstein and Velikovsky on the subject of Velikovsky ? s theories, especially the role of electromagnetic factors in the ...
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19. The forgotten Velikovsky [SIS Internet Digest $]
... Internet Digest 1996:1 Home¦ Issue Contents Newsgroups: sci.archaeology The forgotten Velikovsky From: Ian Tresman, Date: Fri, 08 Sep 1995 08:20:22 GMT "Alan Dunsmuir" <> wrote:>Heaven help anybody trying to get you to not believe in> some absurdity you want to, Steve. But for the rest of> humanity, there is no way somebody of Einstein's attitudes> and background would have given as much as a wet fart for> Velikovsky. Einstein wrote to Velikovksy on March 17, 1955: "I have already read with care the first volume of memoirs to Worlds in Collision and have supplied it with a few marginal notes.. I admire your dramatic talent and the art of the straight-forwardness.. "..the historical arguments for violent events in the crust of the Earth are quite convincing. The attempt to explain them is, however, adventurous and should have been offered as tentative. Otherwise the well-orientated reader loses confidence in what is solidly established by you". ...
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20. At the Lake [Velikovsky Archive Website]
... or ten weeks after we moved to Princeton. Elisheva and I sat on a bench at the boathouse on the shore of Carnegie Lake, which sprawls in the valley only a few minutes ? walk from our home, and talked with the boatman. We saw a tiny boat with a sail approaching the anchorage. An elderly man with his head covered by a wide-brimmed hat against the rays of the setting sun came from the boat and, going toward the boathouse, looked at us with his friendly smile. Only now I recognized Einstein. I approached him and named myself. ? Ah, you are the man who brought the planets into disorder,? said he in German, and the smile disappeared from his face. He was carrying the oars into the boathouse. I made a move to help him, but he kept the oars. I heard a challenge in this greeting and said: ? I would like an occasion to meet you and discuss... .? ? But what do you know of astronomy?? he said dryly. ...
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