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Olivia Judson is a pearl with her insights and essays about science

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She really nails it in my mind in this week’s essay and here is the last paragraph to show you what I mean about her:

But there’s one way in which we should not be limited: imagination. As Einstein put it, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

So often conventional wisdom is wrong about how things really are. Real science is like fine art in a very fundamental way. It’s more humanistic than deductive or reductive. Religion should be that way too. But too many religious leaders are looking backwards. Imagination only happens in the forward direction. That’s why I favor the scientific view over 99% of the religious view!

 

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/11/04 at 07:36

How can one ignore new evidence that Einstein was right, for now!

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From this morning’s ubiquitous Science reporteur, Dennis Overbye:

October 29, 2009

7.3 Billion Light-Years Later, Einstein’s Theory Prevails

By DENNIS OVERBYE

Astronomers said Wednesday that a race halfway across the universe had ended in a virtual tie. And so the champion is still Albert Einstein — for now.

The race was between gamma rays of differing energies and wavelengths spit in a burst from an exploding star when the universe was half its present age. After a journey of 7.3 billion light-years, they all arrived within nine-tenths of a second of one another in a detector on NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, at 8:22 p.m., Eastern time, on May 9.

Astronomers said the gamma-ray race was one of the most stringent tests yet of a bedrock principle of modern physics: Einstein’s proclamation in his 1905 theory of relativity that the speed of light is constant and independent of its color, or energy; its direction; or how you yourself are moving.

“I take it as a confirmation that Einstein is still right,” Peter F. Michelson of Stanford, principal investigator for Fermi’s Large Area Telescope and one of 206 authors of a paper published online Wednesday in the journal Nature, said in an interview.

 

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/10/29 at 06:37

Einstein’s letter to a philosopher sold at auction for $404K

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And here is an image of part of that letter ==>

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And here is commentary by Dennis Overbye in NY Times

Here is an excerpt:

The price makes the Gutkind letter one of the best sellers among Einstein manuscripts. That $404,000 is only a little less than the $442,500 paid for the entire collection of 53 love letters between Einstein and his first wife, Mileva Maric, at an auction at Christie’s in New York in 1996. At that same auction a paper by Einstein and his best friend, Michele Besso, attempting a calculation that would later be a pivotal piece of his crowning achievement, the General Theory of Relativity, went for $398,500.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/05/18 at 06:46