i've heard several teachers talk about ideas being ripe at certain times, and while we often attribute amazing progress to certain individuals, really, the scientific community at large was pretty close to the results. newton/leibniz, for example. one teacher talked about how archimedes was relatively (ha) close to coming up with calculus even. so, anyway, my question is, did einstein really give us a whole new world view on his own? were other scientists coming up with some of the same ideas? i've read somewhere, a while ago, so i don't remember specifics, that e=mc2 was around before his work. i've even come across an anti-semetic web page (note: i'm not anti-semetic) that claimed that all of einstein's brilliance was really the result of a genius german (i forget who, i try to stay away from nazi websites). it's just that we talk about how brilliant einstein was, and how he alone changed the world of physics. i was just wondering if someone had insight as to how much of a true statement that is. thanks!