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FORE-WORDs #3: DID EINSTEIN BELIEVE IN “ETHER” ??

FORE-WORDs #3:  DID EINSTEIN BELIEVE IN “ETHER” ??

“EINSTEIN was one of the most misunderstood people in the world” —–Dr. Milo Wolff

I remember reading a quote from Einstein where he said something to the effect that, even if somebody found “evidence” to contradict his theory (I think that he was referring to his general theory of relativity, published in 1915), he would still believe in its correctness.  And evidently there actually were some cases where experiments or observations seemed to prove his theory wrong, but were later themselves proved wrong.

It’s easy to understand how this might have happened:  because, after 1919, Einstein became so famous, so quickly, that (no doubt) many scientists tried to prove him wrong, and naturally some of them published results which themselves were not correct.  For example, the astronomer Erwin Freundlich published observational “evidence” which contradicted the results of the 1919 solar-eclipse “bending of light” observations which Eddington had done — but Freundlich was proved wrong;  and also, as a consequence, ruined his formerly excellent friendship with Einstein !!

So it seems that Einstein was actually justified in making that bold and seemingly arrogant statement, which shows that he believed, not in his own infallibility, but in his confidence that not all experimentalists were very good at doing experiments, and that not all observationalists were very good at doing observations !!

Of course there have always been serious scientists who have doubted the correctness of the General Relativity Theory, even if one totally ignores the anti-Semitic propaganda which the Nazis perpetrated against it.  But for most average physicists who criticize Einstein’s theory of relativity, it’s like an English-major criticizing Shakespeare !!

{[ Some of what follows is in the INTRODUCTION2 section of these essays, but I repeat it here, because I feel that it’s important to know that Einstein accepted the existence of a substance which he called “ether” or “aether” ]}: 

Some physics writers say that Einstein  {[ pronounce “ein-shtein” ]}  did not believe that any kind of “ether” {“aether”} or ether-like substance exists in our universe, but that is not correct.  Following are two [2] quotes from the great man, one from 1894 or 1895, (when he was only 15 or 16 years old !!), and the other from 1920.  Evidently, he initially believed that “aether” exists, because most 19th century scientists accepted and/or believed that “aether” exists.  Then he evidently doubted, for a while, that “aether” exists.  But, evidently, by 1920 he had come back to believing in its existence.

Note:  both of the Einstein quotes (below) are appropriate for modern folks, today, who want to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth re these mysteries:  because some of the smartest and most respected “authorities” in physics have —(for several GENERATIONs, since the 1930s)— been saying (and teaching grad students, world-wide) that there is no “aether” [“ether”] or aether-like stuff in our universe.

Quote from 1894 or 1895:  “When the electric current comes into being, it immediately sets the surrounding aether in some kind of instantaneous motion, the nature of which has still not been exactly determined.  In spite of the continuation of the cause of this motion, namely the electric current, the motion ceases, but the aether remains in a potential state and produces a magnetic field … the magnetic field is a potential state [of the aether]”  —–Einstein, age 15 or 16  { from the internet-site at:  http://www.straco.ch/papers/Einstein%20First%20Paper.pdf }

{[ Please note that the 15- or 16-year-old Einstein did not actually figure any of this out by himself, but was merely describing the prevailing view at that time, which he had learned from his studies ]}

Quote from 1920:  in 1920, when he was 40 years old and already super-famous, Einstein gave a speech at the University of Leiden, in Holland, at the invitation of his friend Paul Ehrenfest:  here’s what he said, in the last paragraph of that speech:  “Recapitulating … According to the general theory of relativity, space without ether is unthinkable; for in such space there … would be no propagation of light  —–Einstein, 1920 { from the internet-site at:   http://www.spaceandmotion.com/Physics-Albert-Einstein-Leiden-1920.htm }

As Dr. Milo Wolff says in a youtube video:

“Einstein was one of the most misunderstood people in the world.”

{[ To view this video, go to http://www.YOUTUBE.com and input “Milo Wolff — Wave Structure of Matter” into the “search box” ]}

People love to take “potshots” at famous people in their field of study.  Of course, Einstein made mistakes, and he admitted it:  but (in my opinion) the vast majority of average physicists who criticize him do so from a place of ignorance and incomprehension, and often for the wrong reasons.

Likewise for those who criticize Dr. Ernest Sternglass or Dr. Menahem Simhony, who have become my two main physics mentors, ever since I “discovered” Sternglass’s book in the main library, downtown, in Berkeley, California, USA, in May, 2009.  Of course, not many physicists have ever criticized either of the two gentlemen, for the simple reason that not many physicists have ever heard of either of them:  sadly, but truly, they are almost unknown, not, as one might suspect, because they are “crack-pots” (which they are not), but because of how difficult it is to get one’s paper published in a “reputable” journal if one’s theory or model contradicts the so called “standard model.”

{[ BTW:  Sternglass is definitely a follower of Einstein, while Simhony is definitely not, and actually ridicules some of Einstein’s ideas.  Probably, I might add, from a much better perspective than MOST of the physicists who criticize the great man.  And yet their two models [Sternglass + Simhony] support and affirm each other, though they never worked together ]}

Here is a video of Dr. Sternglass, filmed in Berkeley, California, during 2006, when he was on his way to Japan to speak before the Japanese Parliament:  please enjoy.

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2 comments on “FORE-WORDs #3: DID EINSTEIN BELIEVE IN “ETHER” ??

  1. Pingback: BOOK-TITLE: HOW PROTONs WORK: ESSAYS RE THE WORK OF DR. ERNEST STERNGLASS + DR. MENAHEM SIMHONY | markcreekwater

  2. marktruthlover
    June 9, 2015

    A GENTLE-MAN + SCHOLAR, Dr.Sternglass died 12-FEB-2015, in ITHACA, NEW YORK, USA, where he earn’d his PhD at CORNELL UNIVERSITY in 1953 …..

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