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atyy
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Sep14-11, 12:05 PM
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No thermo? I'm sure Einstein secretly wished to be a thermodynamicist (didn't he make that remark about if your theory contradicts the second law of thermodynamics?), rather than a plain dynamicist like Newton or Maxwell (well, Maxwell did have Maxwell-Boltzmann). Of course, Jacobson showed he intuited correctly after all. Quite amazing, the Wunderjahr things were Brownian motion, photoelectric and special relativity. If we count the photon as being inspired by blackbody radiation, and special relativity as the precursor to general relativity, then all the Wunderjahr things are thermo related. The other amazing prediction - some say Einstein "invented" the laser - is his prediction of stimulated emission - again thermo related. Now shouldn't that mean the "invention" of fire is start of the scientific age, not Thales?