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Old May 22nd 15, 07:18 AM posted to sci.astro
Pentcho Valev
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"It seems that the biggest hero in the world is Einstein. As reports, he's bigger than Mother Teresa. He's bigger than Martin Luther King Jr.. He's bigger than Jesus Christ (he came in sixth)."
John Barrow FRS: "Einstein restored faith in the unintelligibility of science. Everyone knew that Einstein had done something important in 1905 (and again in 1915) but almost nobody could tell you exactly what it was. When Einstein was interviewed for a Dutch newspaper in 1921, he attributed his mass appeal to the mystery of his work for the ordinary person: "Does it make a silly impression on me, here and yonder, about my theories of which they cannot understand a word? I think it is funny and also interesting to observe. I am sure that it is the mystery of non-understanding that appeals to impresses them, it has the colour and the appeal of the mysterious." Relativity was a fashionable notion. It promised to sweep away old absolutist notions and refurbish science with modern ideas. In art and literature too, revolutionary changes were doing away with old conventions and standards. All things were being made new. Einstein's relativity suited the mood. Nobody got very excited about Einstein's brownian motion or his photoelectric effect but relativity promised to turn the world inside out."
West portal - Einstein sculpture - upper line, second of right
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an important apostle of Einstein

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