Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
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Subject: Re: Continuing Equation Question
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Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 19:17:32 +0100
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"Christopher R. Carlen" wrote in message
> Kevin Aylward wrote:
> > Well, the derivation of it is one thing,
> > http://www.anasoft.co.uk/physics/gr/index.html,
> > Riemann Tensor link
> > however, actually calculating it for specific mass distributions
> > Einstein Tensor link is another matter entirely. It used to take me
> > full weekend to do the most trivial of examples on 20 sheets of
> > yet Hawking does 3 orders more complicated stuff completely in his
> > Simply amazing.
> Do you think that modern cultural influences will tend to decrease,
> increase, or have no effect on the frequency of such great minds
> in the world anymore?
Not quite sure what you mean by cultural influences, but I do believe
that there will be more rather then less notable achievements of the
human mind. This is simple due to a numbers game. More people get
educated today then ever before, so the probability of the conditions
being available for such insights to come about must be higher. One must
remember how few PhDs there were in the past.
> Or is the inherent complexity of nature such that the complexity of
> science needed to understand it approaches infinity, thereby resulting
> in the probability of their being anybody that can understand it
> approaching zero?
> Just some things I often ponder about.
I would say that complexity is relative. Things that were initially
complex often, after much work, can be expressed quite simple. The basic
axioms of General Relativity, are actually quite straightforward, its
the details that is the hard bit.
I simple don't know if nature will ever be explained completely, my
guess is that it wont be.
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