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Is my understanding of Einstein right?by Jamin2112
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Mar1714, 02:12 AM

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My background is Mathematics. I'm thinking about learning Physics as a hobby. I know a little Physics from courses and research I did in college. I rented from the public library a few weeks ago a PBS documentary on Einstein because I wanted to have a basic idea of his life and theories. The video was very critical of Einstein. It said that shortly before Einstein died, Quantum Mechanics had become a popular theory and Einstein had desperately tried to unify the field of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics but had failed to do so. They said that if Einstein was alive today to see Quantum Mechanics, he might've changed his mind about many things.



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Mar1714, 02:24 AM

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Such documentary are often scripted by illiterate people who have no knowledge and even less understanding of the debates Einstein had on these questions with prominent physicists of that time. Remember also that Einstein won the Nobel price for its contribution to quantum mechanics.
Have a read at this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bohr–Einstein_debates and then switch to the hard side for which you are well prepared. 


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Mar1714, 10:18 AM

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Or read a good biography of Einstein: "Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein" by Abraham Pais.



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Mar1714, 10:29 AM

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Is my understanding of Einstein right?
No one has had more critics than Einstein. People are still trying to prove him wrong on various points. The thing about critics is they criticize.
With a degree in math, you are well prepared to learn physics. Ordinary and partial differential equations, vector analysis, some sadistics(sic), form the basics, then tensors for general relativity. Bits and pieces of other stuff are usually worked into the physics courses, same for tensors. 


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Mar1714, 11:12 AM

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Einstein had a huge impact on quantum mechanics. Do yourself a favor and stop taking those videos seriously.



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Mar1714, 11:24 AM

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If there is one development that I really wish Einstein had lived to see (and he only missed by a few years) it would be Bell's theorem. 


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