My Tribute to Einstein on His Birthday [March 14]
[By John Paily]
I am not a physicist or mathematician. I don’t
understand any of the complex mathematics that scientist use to understand Nature. But like all, I am curious of Nature and did try to visualize the conceptual thinking of minds behind many great leaps in modern science. I believe that all great ideas have its root in nature. It is said Newton saw an apple fall to invent his gravitational theory. When Newtonian mechanics was challenged by electromagnetism, Einstein observed a spider moving on a globe and blew the globe in his
vision to develop his theory of gravity. Newton perceived forces’ acting
in straight line instantaneously and built his theory on basal minimum speed. Einstein visualized force moving in curvature and built his theory on speed of light as maximum speed possible. This is understandable because however much you blow a balloon, the curvature remains. Another argument is that as the speed of an object increases the mass increases exponentially and beyond a point you cannot increase the speed. Everything was fine till Heisenberg introduced Uncertainty and quantum mechanics and statistical language took over. Einstein opposed this Theory. During last 40 years or so of his life Einstein struggled to find sensible explanation to nature. He tried to introduce a new force anti-gravity, cosmological constant and wrote in his biography that constants of physical equations are not constants and that they should be replaced by a ratio and so on. When proof came that universe is accelerating, he retracted from his thinking. These thought have eventually led to concepts like singularity and universe that is running away, with no simple answers to the universe its origin and existence. Thinking on these developments, I felt that science has failed to fix the picture of matter and light and understand the quantity called mass.