Lee Smolin: Where Are the Einsteinians?
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Pentcho Valev
2017-05-09 12:39:21 UTC
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Lee Smolin: "Where are the Einsteinians? Special relativity was the result of 10 years of intellectual struggle, yet Einstein had convinced himself it was wrong within two years of publishing it." http://www.logosjournal.com/issue_4.3/smolin.htm

What happened in 1907? Voilà:

John Norton: "Already in 1907, a mere two years after the completion of the special theory, he [Einstein] had concluded that the speed of light is variable in the presence of a gravitational field."

Does "variable in the presence of a gravitational field" entail "variable in gravitation-free space as well"? Nowadays the brainwashed scientific community is unable to answer this question but in 1907 Einstein knew that the answer was "yes".

Lee Smolin asked "Where are the Einsteinians?" in 2005 - the Einsteinian army was still big and bellicose at that time:

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Nowadays there is no army - almost all Einsteinians have already left the sinking ship:

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Pentcho Valev
2017-05-09 22:25:56 UTC
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Some Einsteinians are leaving the obscurantist cult in a half-secret way:

What scientific idea is ready for retirement? Steve Giddings: "Spacetime. Physics has always been regarded as playing out on an underlying stage of space and time. Special relativity joined these into spacetime... [...] The apparent need to retire classical spacetime as a fundamental concept is profound..."

"Special relativity joined these into spacetime" means that spacetime is a deductive consequence of Einstein's constant-speed-of-light postulate. So the postulate must be false - you cannot reject ("retire") the consequence if the underlying premise is true - logic forbids the combination "true postulate, wrong consequence". To Steve Giddings and his brothers Einsteinians "logic" means nothing - they repudiate spacetime but wholeheartedly worship Einstein's false postulate:

Nobel Laureate David Gross observed, "Everyone in string theory is convinced...that spacetime is doomed. But we don't know what it's replaced by."

Nima Arkani-Hamed (06:09): "Almost all of us believe that space-time doesn't really exist, space-time is doomed and has to be replaced by some more primitive building blocks."

"Splitting Time from Space - New Quantum Theory Topples Einstein's Spacetime. Buzz about a quantum gravity theory that sends space and time back to their Newtonian roots."

"Rethinking Einstein: The end of space-time. It was a speech that changed the way we think of space and time. The year was 1908, and the German mathematician Hermann Minkowski had been trying to make sense of Albert Einstein's hot new idea - what we now know as special relativity - describing how things shrink as they move faster and time becomes distorted. "Henceforth space by itself and time by itself are doomed to fade into the mere shadows," Minkowski proclaimed, "and only a union of the two will preserve an independent reality." And so space-time - the malleable fabric whose geometry can be changed by the gravity of stars, planets and matter - was born. It is a concept that has served us well, but if physicist Petr Horava is right, it may be no more than a mirage."

"[George] Ellis is up against one of the most successful theories in physics: special relativity. It revealed that there's no such thing as objective simultaneity. [...] Rescuing an objective "now" is a daunting task."

"And by making the clock's tick relative - what happens simultaneously for one observer might seem sequential to another - Einstein's theory of special relativity not only destroyed any notion of absolute time but made time equivalent to a dimension in space: the future is already out there waiting for us; we just can't see it until we get there. This view is a logical and metaphysical dead end, says Smolin."

"Was Einstein wrong? At least in his understanding of time, Smolin argues, the great theorist of relativity was dead wrong. What is worse, by firmly enshrining his error in scientific orthodoxy, Einstein trapped his successors in insoluble dilemmas..."

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