- Shortly after the confirmation of his theory of general relativity in 1919, Albert Einstein was transformed into a media star of Weimar Germany.
- Numerous accounts published during the 1920s claimed to refute his new theory.
- Einstein’s opponents were not limited to physicists and philosophers. Engineers, doctors, businessmen, and writers also raised strong objections to one of the most important scientific theories of the twentieth century.
- ...self-proclaimed researchers alleged to have proved the theory of relativity to be scientifically incorrect... (but) rested on fundamental misunderstandings...
- ...criticisms of Einstein’s work put forward by physicists who clung to classical physics, and philosophers who saw central elements of their ways of understanding the world threatened by Einstein’s fundamental restructuring of the basic principles of physics.
- The controversy surrounding the theory of relativity was exceptionally heated.
- A complex process of marginalization and protest helps to account for the heated responses..
- ... any sort of resolution of the controversy had become impossible.
- ...the fundamental restructuring of the basic principles of physics impacted not only science, but also modes of thinking far beyond academic circles as well.
söndag 1 maj 2011
Where Have All Einstein Opponents Gone?
Milena Wazeck describes her new book Die öffentliche Kontroverse um die Relativitätstheorie in den 1920er Jahren (about the public controverse on Einstein's theory of relativity if the 1920s) as follows:
In short, Einstein's "fundamental restructuring of the basic principles of physics" met strong opposition from many professional scientists and large groups of educated laymen, in the 1920s and well into the 1950s, when the opposition suddenly died.
Is there any opposition today? No. More precisely, there are many opponents if you look for them on the web, but they are all dismissed as crackpots. If you today question Einstein, then you are a crackpot, by definition irrespective of your criticism.
Wazeck knows by definition that the opponents she is writing about, were all crackpots. But why write a book about crackpots?
If you ask a physicist to explain special or general relativity, will get you get any response? No.
Is relativity theory taught in basic physics today? No.
In short, today only crackpots can question relativity theory, but few physicists are willing to tell what it is all about, and even fewer physicists claim to understand the theory.
If you ask what the "fundamental restructuring of the basic principles of physics" means, you will be told that this question should not be asked, in fact cannot be asked unless you are a crackpot, and so you get a strong signal to stop asking that question.
In any case, after having studied the documents, I have come to the conclusion that there are many reasons to question Einstein's theories of relativity. I present my criticism in the books
If you are an educated crackpot, I assure you that you can profit from reading the books. If you are not a crackpot, you may want to test the solidity of your conception of relativity theory. If you dare. Would you bet 100:1 that relativity theory has been confirmed to be correct?
Recall that definitions do not tell anything about reality. Can you dismiss my criticism by definition, without looking at it?
PS The book was reviewed in Svenska Dagbladet by Maj Fjaestad KTH under the silent assumption that Einstein critics were crackpots, but with some acknowledgement of the critics demand that a scientific theory should be understandable, under the silent assumption that nobody understands the theory of relativity.