Uh, yeah, I do understand General Relativity. My undergraduate degree was in
Physics (with a double major in Math). 'Course that was before all this new
fangled shit got popular - like quantum mechanics and string theory.
Hmm. It does have at least one advantage over NAR: it's given rise to
miracles that can be produced (and reproduced) by 'ordinary' folks...
So says this non-physicist with a patent in the mill for a method of
absorbing 99.99999% of incident solar radiation in a concentrating
collector (I got tired of having to wear welding goggles to protect my
I didn't pick up on something in my first reply--you got your physics degree
before _quantum_ _mechanics_? And yet you got an undergraduate General
Relativity course? Something is very wrong with this picture.
I have that double degree - and watched the industry and fellows in research -
I was to be in High energy research but my beloved mother was passing away so
I went by the low road.
Particles were in the primary ones and not the fancy ones - and we had fewer
elements as well. Atomic physics was different than today. I was taught
by a Manhattan experiment PhD. As he put it, he was a technician.
Some things were sorted out - but the massive amount of particles discovered
and elements was interesting.
I was able to deal with near field radiation when others had no idea and many
Actually, the exact quote was:
"Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that
it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really
bring us any closer to the secret of the 'old one'. I, at any rate, am
convinced that He does not throw dice."
And regardless of the quote, Einstein didn't believe in a personal god.
: J. Clarke wrote:
:>> Thanks for the correction. He WAS 26 when he wrote the paper that:>> eventually earned him a Nobel Prize. General Relativity, however, was:>> merely a generalized case of Special Relativity which he also:>> published at 26.
:> You really don't grasp General Relativity if you believe it to be:> "merely" _anything_. General Relativity, while it reduces to Special:> Relativity for one case and to Newtonian Mechanics for another, was:> pretty much a rewriting of the whole of physics.
: Uh, yeah, I do understand General Relativity. My undergraduate degree was in
: Physics (with a double major in Math). 'Course that was before all this new
: fangled shit got popular - like quantum mechanics and string theory.
Hmm. QM got popular sometime around eighty years ago, didn't it?
You're older than one would have thought.
-- Andy Barss
Yep, late '20s to early '30s. Not sure when it became a standard part of
the undergraduate physics curriculum--it was in the late '60s though, at
which time General Relativity wasn't all that common even in graduate
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