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From: email@example.com (john jardine)
Subject: Re: Alan Blumlein site
Date: 17 Sep 2002 17:17:54 -0700
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"Kevin Aylward" wrote in message news:<3ogh9.629$V43.email@example.com>...
> "john jardine" wrote in message
> > "Kevin Aylward" wrote in message
> > > "Steve Taylor" wrote in message
> > > news:firstname.lastname@example.org...
> > > > Kevin Aylward wrote:
> > Yes, they
> > advanced the art. No, they aren't in the same league as the one or two
> > true genius's (genii?) that turn up each century.
> > In recent history there's only two really that I know of. Dirac and
> > Maxwell.
> I agree regarding Maxwell, and probably with Dirac, but is Einstein
> missing by mistake?
> Kevin Aylward
> SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
> Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
> Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
He nearly made it (purely arbitrary!) but I feel he's just a tad
overrated. More focus perhaps should be given to Lorenz and his
earlier transformations. Full marks though are still due to Einstein
for his major inductive leap from the Lorentz equations to a working
description of the nature of space and time. I suggest though that
Einstein had a lot of high quality modelling clay to play with (the
Lorenz and Maxwell's (Heavyside formatted) equations).
It's as you mention with James Burkes' 'Threads', there is a lot of
connectedness out there. Maxwell had the stuff from Ampere, Gauss,
Faraday ect, who in their turn, built on the earlier quality work of
other investigators and so on back through the centuries.
I reckon the true mark of a genius be awarded to those beings who can
think the unthinkable in a virgin territory. Those who can 'deduce' or
visualise an interesting line of enquiry based on a limited number of
apparently inconsequential and unrelated facts. The ultimate Gold star
being awarded to the being who can reason out most of life the
universe and everything just from 3 or 4 (?) basic facts.
(btw... My lifetimes, sole and only claim to fame is that James Burke
once shook my hand !)
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