The Extraordinary Genius of Albert Einstein

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The Theory of Special Relativity as part of the educational process: not for the sake of understanding the theory itself, but in using Einstein’s particular discovery as a case study to demonstrate and walk people through real human thinking. The presentation ends with reflecting on the principle of relativity in terms of social relations and individual identities or thought processes, asking the question –how was Einstein able to make his breakthrough?

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  • Siyabonga_ucas

    im sorry but id bang the woman who is narrating this documentary she seems tense. but so far so good 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LSUIYV4LD5LWI5Z7QJYNBEVU6Y Edward Honda

      good call

  • PavolvsBitch

    What is ‘extraordinary’ is why people lack the discerning brainpower to ‘get the message’ of frank-Einstein as shown in the first on right clip photo: ‘you’re all idiots’. He was a failed physics student whose professor died after telling him he’d never amount to anything. Well, well, well, funny how the ‘chosen ones’ rise and THIS next to the superlative obvious genuis of TESLA. Einstein was a criminal, a thief and psychopath.

    • Jim

      ?

    • PavolvsBitch is an idiot

       but was he incoherent?

    • Dire Dragonslayer

      Tesla, a scientist, gave credit to a Ruđer Bošković, a philosopher and member of Society of Jesus, for the theory of relativity. 
       
      Admiration of a philosopher for mathematical physics theory is a clear indication that Tesla was far outside of his element and/or expertise. 
       
      Few are able to discipline mathematics and physics effectively enough for scientific peer review. As both Einstein and Newton did obtain such peer review they are due credit appropriately; not a philosopher promoted with religious zealotry. 

    • Allen Esterson

      “He was a failed physics student…”
       
      PavolvsBitch: Einstein never failed a physics (or mathematics) exam. In his high school leaving exam he obtained the maximum grade in physics (and three mathematical subjects). In the Zurich Polytechnic intermediate diploma exam he obtained the maximum grade 6 in mechanics and 5.5 in physics. In the final diploma exam he obtained 5 (scale 1-6) in both physics theory and practical and gained the diploma. The rest of what you write has the same level of inaccuracy.

  • C3092535

    Someone make this into a professional documentary to be screened all over the world!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-James-Kinsey/100001003952594 Michael James Kinsey

    The unified field theory search is similar to an ant trying to figure out a computer. Infinite mathematical equations are part of the working of creation, and sub atomic particle waves,that flit in and out between eternity and time. It is impossible to get out of the fishbowl of time in material creation except by dying. Best expressed in the bible, flesh is flesh and spirit is spirit. Mathematics cannot quantify the spirit, it source is infinite in eternity. God is a real smarty.

    • open your view

      just because we cannot understand now, doesn’t mean we will never understand

  • James

    1700
    - Newton predicts the deflection of light around the sun, something Einstein
    plagiarized as his 1911 prediction, without citing Newton.

     

    1801
    - Johann Georg von Soldner publishes his predictions which Einstein plagiarized
    as he predictions 114 years later, not citing Soldner in “his” 1915
    paper.

     

    1827
    - 78 years before Einstein gets credit for it, Robert Brown in Scotland
    explains Brownian Movement.

     

    1878
    - James Maxwell in Scotland publishes Special Theory of Relativity in
    Encyclopedia Britannica which Einstein publishes as his own in 1905 without
    citing Maxwell.

     

    1887
    - Michelson-Morley experiment suggests there is no ether, an observation made
    by Einstein in his 1905 papers, with no cites to Michelson or Morley.

     

    1888
    - Heinrich Hertz publishes his paper on the photoelectric effect, a paper which
    Einstein failed to cite.

     

    1889
    - George Fitzgerald in Ireland publishes his paper about the theory of relativity,
    a paper which Einstein failed to cite.

     

    1892
    - Hendrik Lorentz in the Netherlands publishes the Lorentz Transformations.

     

    1895
    - At age 16, Einstein fails simple entrance exam to engineering school in
    Zurich.

     

    1896
    - At age 17, Einstein becomes a high school drop out, his German citizenship is
    revoked, and he enrolls in the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School in Zurich.

     

    1898
    - Paul Gerber in Germany published the exact equations in Annalen der Physik
    (also in “Science of Mechanics”, a book that Einstein is known to
    have studied) which Einstein published 17 years later in 1915 as his
    “perihelion motion of Mercury”, in exactly the same journal, with no
    cites to Gerber, claiming that he was “in the dark”, only to confess
    under pressure to his crime in 1920.

     

    1898
    - Poincare in France wrote the paper on the theory of relativity, which never
    mentions Einstein, which Einstein plagiarized as one of his 1905 papers without
    citing Poincare.

     
     

    • Allen Esterson

      It would
      take an essay to deal with all James’s misconceptions and oversimplifications,
      but here are a few comments on the more straightforward ones to indicate how
      unreliable his contentions are:

       

      >1827 -
      78 years before Einstein gets credit for it, Robert Brown in Scotland explains
      Brownian Movement.1900 -
      Max Planck and Wilhelm Wien of Germany develop the quantum theory which Einstein
      plagiarized as his “Light Quantum” paper in 1905, citing neither
      Planck nor Wien.1905 -
      Philipp Eduard Anton von Lenard, whom Einstein’s wife studied under, received a
      Nobel Prize for discovering the photo-electric effect, which Einstein
      plagiarizes the SAME year as “his” paper, with no reference to
      Lenard.1895 -
      At age 16, Einstein fails simple entrance exam to engineering school in Zurich.1901 -
      At age 22, after five years at Swiss Federal Polytechnic School, Einstein graduated
      with the lowest grade point average in the class, became a Swiss citizen, and
      got a job as technical assistant in the patent office.<

       

      It
      was in 1900, at age 21, that Einstein graduated from Zurich Polytechnic. Of the
      five students in the class, the other three that obtained a diploma majored in
      mathematics, so their grade average was not strictly comparable with
      Einstein's, who majored in physics. In the intermediate diploma examinations in
      1898, in which all five students took the same examinations, Einstein received
      the highest grade average.                                                                    
                                    

      • James

        Einsteins
        1905 papers….   

         

        Einstein,
        “Zur
        Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper” (”On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies“), Annalen Der
        Physik (June 30, 1905). [Theory of special relativity]

         

        http://www.strangepaths.com/files/1905_17.pdf

         

        http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/einstein/specrel/specrel.pdf

         

        Einstein,
        “”Ist die Trägheit
        eines Körpers von seinem Energieinhalt abhängig?” (”Does
        the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?“), Annalen Der Physik
        (September 27, 1905). [Derivation of the e=mc2 mass/energy
        equivalence].

         

        http://www.strangepaths.com/files/1905_18.pdf

        http://www.fourmilab.ch/etexts/einstein/E_mc2/e_mc2.pdf

         

         

        Einstein,
        “Die Grundlage der
        allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie” (”The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity“),
        Annalen Der Physik, 49 (1916). [Theory of general relativity]

         

        http://www.strangepaths.com/files/1916_49.pdf

         

         

        Einstein,
        “Über einen die Erzeugung
        und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt” (”On a Heuristic Viewpoint Concerning the Production and
        Transformation of Light“), Annalen Der Physik, 1905. [Quantum of light,
        explanation of the photoelectric effect]

         

        http://www.strangepaths.com/files/1905.pdf

         

        Now
        for a quick comparison, take a look at the 1901 Published paper by Max Planck…   “”Notice
        the Citations on the bottom of each page””

        M.
        Planck, “Über das Gesetz der Energieverteilung im Normalspektrum” (”On the Law of Distribution
        of Energy in the Normal Spectrum“), Annalen Der Physik, 4, 553 (1901).
        [Quantum hypothesis, law of black body radiation]

         

        http://strangepaths.com/files/planck1901.pdf

         

         

         

        Max
        Born ((11 December 1882 – 5 January 1970) was a German-British physicist and
        mathematician
        who was instrumental in the development of quantum
        mechanics.) 

        On
        page 193 of his 1956 book “Physics in
        My Generation”, Pergamon Press, London, Max Born makes the following statement

         

        “[Einstein's] paper
        ‘Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Koerper’ in Annalen der Physik. . . contains not a single reference
        to previous literature. It gives you the impression of quite a new venture.

        But that is, of course,
        as I have tried to explain, not true.” — Max Born

         

        “All this was
        maintained by Poincare and others long before the time of Einstein, and one
        does injustice to truth in
        ascribing the discovery to him.” — Charles Nordmann

         

        “In point of fact,
        therefore, Poincare was not only the first to enunciate the principle, but he also discovered in
        Lorentz’s work the necessary mathematical formulation of the principle. All this happened before
        Einstein’s paper appeared.” — G. H. Keswani

         

        “Einstein’s
        explanation is a dimensional disguise for Lorentz’s. . . . Thus Einstein’s
        theory is not a denial of, nor an
        alternative for, that of Lorentz. It is only a duplicate and disguise for it. .
        . .

        Einstein continually
        maintains that the theory of Lorentz is right, only he disagrees with his ‘interpretation.’ Is it
        not clear, therefore, that in this, as in other cases, Einstein’s theory is merely
        a disguise for Lorentz’s, the apparent disagreement about ‘interpretation’
        being a matter

        of words only?” –
        James Mackaye

         

         

         
         

      • your a good guy

        Thank you.

    • STEVE

      MY GOODNESS YOU REALLY DON’T LIKE ALBERT DO YOU. I WONDER WHY THAT MIGHT BE? I’LL LEAVE THE DETAIL RESPONSE TO OTHERS AND JUST MAKE THE OBSERVATION THAT YOU SEEM TO HAVE COMPLETELY MISSED THE POINT. THE DOCO IS NOT ABOUT ALBERT OR HIS INTEGRITY IT’S ABOUT THE SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF SPECIAL RELATIVITY AND MATTERS NOT WHO CAME UP WITH THE IDEA. THE LIST OF ‘DEFRAUDED’ CONTRIBUTORS YOU CITE IE Max Planck, Wilhelm Wien, Olinto de Pretto, Friedrich Hasenohrl, Philipp Eduard Anton von Lenard, David Hilbert, Marcel Grossmann ,Berhard Riemann,  Newton
      Robert Brown, Johann Georg von Soldner, James Maxwell, Heinrich Hertz, George Fitzgerald,  Hendrik Lorentz, Paul Gerber, and Poincare
      PROVIDE A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE BODY OF POSSIBLE SUPPORTERS FOR THE PROPOSITION THE DOCO EXPLORES.

  • James

    1900
    - Max Planck and Wilhelm Wien of Germany develop the quantum theory which
    Einstein plagiarized as his “Light Quantum” paper in 1905, citing
    neither Planck nor Wien.

                    

    1901
    - At age 22, after five years at Swiss Federal Polytechnic School, Einstein
    graduated with the lowest grade point average in the class, became a Swiss
    citizen, and got a job as technical assistant in the patent office.

     

    1903
    - Olinto de Pretto publishes E=mc^2 in Atte,
    a scientific magazine known to be read by Einstein, which he later
    claimed as his own work and which he failed to cite.

     

    1904
    - Friedrich Hasenohrl of Germany, citing J.J. Thomson of England and W.
    Kaufmann of Sweden, publishes E=mc^2 in same journal as Einstein plagiariazes
    as his own in 1905, failing to cite any of the three.

     

    1905
    - Philipp Eduard Anton von Lenard, whom Einstein’s wife studied under,
    received a Nobel Prize for discovering the photo-electric effect, which
    Einstein plagiarizes the SAME year has “his” paper, with no reference
    to Lenard.

     

    1905
    - At age 26, while still at the patent office, he published 4 groundbreaking
    essays in the field of theoretical physics and quantum mechanics in Annalen der
    Physik, gaining him a Ph.D. from the University of Zurich.

     

    1915
    – November, 20 – David Hilbert presents his paper in Berlin, citing Marcel Grossmann,
    including precisely the same field equations that Einstein presented as his own
    5 days later (2 weeks after it was

    known
    that Einstein had a copy of Hilbert’s paper, but but Hilbert didn’t have a copy
    of Einstein’s paper). Dingle repudiated the special theory of relativity in
    1972.

     

    1915
    – November, 25 – Einstein presents his paper and publishes the General Theory
    of Relativity based on the mathematics of Marcel Grossmann and Berhard Riemann,
    first to develop a sound non-Euclidean geometry, which is the basis of all
    mathematics used to describe relativity. Einstein failed to cite Grossman and Riemann.
     

  • MR JESUS CHRIST

    THE FACTS!!

    Your all nerds…

    Religions are man made and untrue …

    Bully governments rule the world…

    No body gives a shit about anyone other than themselves

    CONCLUSION!!

    We might as well stop working for a flawed system and just become alcoholics

    and let the world burn to the ground…. at least the next generation of intelligent life will have a chance to blossom and hopefully do better than us fuck ups did…

    • Arksinx

      hallelujah

    • cybze

       just leave this world and let us in peace idiot!

    • Dumb.

      You misspelled “you’re”.
      In my mind this undermines your argument completely.

  • Christina

    i tried my best to watch this documentary; but, about 50 minutes in, i just had to turn it off.  unfortunately, and i know she has awesome intentions, but the presenter is not “camera friendly and a bit monotone and noncharasmatic” ..definitely, slow to  watch… i did enjoy hearing about Einstein’s early life at the beginning…wish i could have watched it all ..but, it was painful

  • Iris

    Thank you Documentary Heaven for free education.

  • Phuture

    strange tone at beginning , wears its politics (liberal bs) on sleeve 

  • STEVE

    THIS IS BRILLIANT. NEVER SEEN ANYTHING AS INTELLIGENT, INSIGHTFUL OR ENGROSSING. THE BUDDHA SAID IT 2,500 YEARS AGO AND NOW PSYCHOLOGY, AND PARTICLE PHYSICS ARE FINALLY CATCHING UP. CANT WAIT FOR THE NEXT INSTALLMENT. GUYS HOW RADICAL AN IDEA SPECIAL RELATIVITY = COMPASSION. BRING IT ON!

  • steve

    The narrator is absolutely horrible!

  • Terry

    Are you fucking joking? This bitch is retarded. Giving credit about the American idea of all men created equal to the very same people who followed Hitler? Germans almost destroyed the world twice. They are of the mind they are better than anyone else. Which is precisely why they lost. Twice.

  • PropagandaVidDisguised

    LaRouche is a nazi.

  • turkeyneck

    HOLLY SHIT THIS CHICK IS A FUCKING MONO TONED NUN!! She sounds fucking retarded . that is all. out