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  • Whether Einstein is a loser or not is a matter of opinion, but you are correct in stating that he worked on the Unified Field Theory for the rest of his life, all the way up to his death bed, for more than 30 years, but in the end failed miserably and alienated the rest of the physics community. Before his death, Einstein was regarded as a has-been by most of the physicists of the time.

    Why is that? Because Einstein failed to embrace Quantum Mechanics. His false sense of what God would do or would not do led him completely astrayed.

    As a matter of fact, after publishing his Theory of General Relativity and gained international celebrity status, Einstein spend most of his time fighting and arguing against the proponents of Quantum Mechanics, such as Neil Bohr, and Werner Heisenberg, Even though it was Einstein himself who began the Quantum Revolution with his Nobel Prize winning discovery of the Photo-Electric Effect, he hated Quantum Mechanics vehemently, because Quantum Mechanics did not conform to his idea of mathematical beauty. Simply put, General Relativity was an elegant and beautiful theory, but QM was messy and ugly (but accurate and correct).

    But despite Einstein’s tremendous efforts to derail Quantum Mechanics, it eventually gained wide acceptance among all physicists and the rest of the world’s scientific community.

    Had Einstein embraced Quantum Mechanics, he might have had a decent chance of achieving a Theory of Everything by pursuing the idea of a Quantum Theory of Gravity, and we all might have already have reached where we are today 30 to 40 years earlier, and Einstein’s name would not have been tarnished.

    PS – Superstring Theory and Super Gravity are two theories that have reconciled Relativity and Quantum Mechanics by producing a spin-2 boson particle called graviton.

  • So what are you saying?…that Einstein should not be regarded as the most influential scientist of his time? It should be noted that nobody since has yet been able to reconcile relativity and quantum mechanics.

  • It seems to physicists today, that there are four forces, which control the fundamental interactions of nature. In historical sequence, these forces are the gravitational force, the electromagnetic, the weak nuclear force, and the strong nuclear force. To account for Einstein’s lack of success in finding a unified theory of these forces it is helpful to consider briefly the history of their theoretical description.

    Newton first described gravity in his theory of universal gravitation in his famous book, ‘The Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica’ (now known as the Principia), which was published on 5 July 1687. This theory was not improved upon until Einstein published his geometrical theory of mass-energy and curved space-time in ‘Die Grundlage der allgemeinen Relativitätstheorie’ (The Foundation of the general Theory of Relativity) in 1916. Eleven years earlier Einstein had corrected the upper high velocity end of Newtonian mechanics with his paper titled ‘Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Korper’ (On the electrodynamics of moving bodies).

    In 1861, James Clerk Maxwell published his theory of electromagnetism, which unified electricity and magnetism. His now famous, ‘Maxwell’s’, equations first appeared in their modern form ,of four partial differential equations, in his textbook ‘A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism’ published in 1873.

    The weak nuclear force, which mediates radioactive decay, began its long theoretical development in 1934 when Enrico Fermi published his theory of beta decay. As discoveries about the nature of this force continued – so its theoretical description improved. However, it was not until the theoretical unification of the weak and electromagnetic interactions, between elementary particles, by Abdus Salam, Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg (for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1979), that the weak nuclear force was fully understood.

    Similarly, the strong nuclear force was understood in terms of the Yukawa meson exchange (1935) and proton-proton, neutron-neutron, and proton-neutron interactions until the late nineteen-sixties. Deep inelastic scattering from protons and neutrons indicated that they had internal structure. We now know this structure to be that of the quarks. However, it was not until the development of quantum chromodynamics (QCD for short) that the true nature of the strong nuclear force became understood. QCD was first discovered in the early 1970s by David Politzer and by Frank Wilczek and David Gross.

    Thus, up until his death in 1955 – Einstein only had half of the picture regarding the true nature of the four forces of nature. He had good models of gravity and electromagnetism but lacked a complete picture of the strong and weak nuclear forces. Finally, he believed that “..I, at any rate, am convinced that He [God] does not throw dice.”. Thus, Einstein sought classical unified field theories rather than the more modern approach which seeks a unified quantum field theory.

    I do not think he was so much a looser – more that he did not have the information he needed to proceed further with his search for a unified theory!

  • I’m sure that if he’d known that he wouldn’t be able to do it, he wouldn’t have attempted to do it in the first place!

    Einstein did so much for science and for the world, lets focus on what he did do. 🙂

  • Actually, Carlos II, no, he didn’t.

    Try reading a bit more about the subject (assuming you can understand it) before you come and spout off on here.

  • By the time Albert died we still didn’t have QCD, we didn’t know about quarks nor the standard model. All of which need to be in place to even have a chance of unifying relativity and QM. And even now when we have all of these things we’re still no closer.

    I wouldn’t call Einstein a loser. He was a noble prize winner,made one of the greatest leaps in physics EVER (GR), was offer the position of president of Israel and was very popular with the ladies as well as being a household name.

    So if that is a loser what are you?

  • How dare you call one of the greatest geniuses of all time, a loser. You are the loser because you have no idea what you are talking about expect B.S. that is constantly dribbling from your mouth. I have wasted my time answering your stupid question but I couldn’t let you get away with it. On the other hand maybe I should try to enlighten you although I doubt that is possible. Scientists since James Clerk Maxwell have been trying to formulate a Unified Field theory that will explain everything and they have yet to succeed.Without Einstein’s contribution they would not be as advanced. Have a look at the following it may help you:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_unified_field_theory

    Now just in case I am judging you wrongly, could you please send me your original thesis and the years of research and any scientific papers you have published. I can peruse them and submit them for peer review and submit your name to the Nobel Prize committee so your brilliant mind can be acknowledged. On the day that you accept the Nobel Prize, I will be there so you can kick my LOSER butt.

  • Maybe he did unify them but kept it to himself to stop all the other loser scientists from destroying the world.

  • He wasn’t or isn’t a looser, he founded gravity!!!
    I’m pretty sure he was more intelligent and clever than u ever could be so stop wasting ur time getting angry about someone who isn’t alive anymore lol. just because you probs haven’t been successful in life.
    Lets here you’re answer for quantum mechanics and gravitation in a single theory then???

  • Read Lee Smolin’s, “The Trouble With Physics”. It seems to turn out that GR and SR are theories of principle and not theories of practice. I also think Albert understood this at one time but was later swayed as we all were that that they were theories of practice.

  • Yes he and all the other “losers” of the physics world ( including the geniuses who have been awarded Nobel prizes) who have failed to find the answer since.
    So how do you define a loser? By comparison you must be lower in the pecking order than most if not all the scientists who have failed – after all what have you done in the scientific world lately?

  • I guess he just did’nt have the mind clever enough to pull this theory into one or he ran out of time as he got more older. L!fe is tough.

  • Loser?

    So, in your book, who is the “winner” given that the grand unification has not been done yet?

    Why didn’t he do it? Because it is HARD. You try it, for size.

  • That is really bad!

    Do you think you can do better? I doubt it. I doubt you are even qualified to (never mind, it gets obscene after this).

    Einstein was one of the great Genius’ of this century!

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