Reply-To: "Kevin Aylward"
From: "Kevin Aylward"
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Subject: Re: Alan Blumlein site
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Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 09:41:04 +0100
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"john jardine" wrote in message
> "Kevin Aylward" wrote in message
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> > > > > Kevin Aylward wrote:
> [multi clip]
> > > Yes, they
> > > advanced the art. No, they aren't in the same league as the one or
> > > true genius's (genii?) that turn up each century.
> > > In recent history there's only two really that I know of. Dirac
> > > Maxwell.
> > >
> > I agree regarding Maxwell, and probably with Dirac, but is Einstein
> > missing by mistake?
> He nearly made it (purely arbitrary!) but I feel he's just a tad
Well, yes, but IFF one is going to use term genius *at all* to people, I
don't see how he could realistically be missed out.
>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).
Although non of this is really applicable to General Relativity. There
are other though, like Gauss, Riemann etc.
As it turned out, Einstein can hardly have been dissatisfied with
the amount of popular credit he received for the theories of relativity,
both special and general. Nevertheless, one senses a bit of annoyance
when Max Born mentioned to Einstein in 1953 (two years before Einstein's
death) that a second edition of Whittaker's book has just appeared, in
which the entire credit for special relativity is given to Lorentz and
Poincare, with barely a mention of Einstein except to say that "in the
autumn of  Einstein published a paper which set forth the
relativity theory of Poincare and Lorentz with some amplifications, and
which attracted much attention". Einstein replied to his old friend Born
Everybody does what he considers right... If he manages to
convince others, that is their own affair. I myself have certainly found
satisfaction in my efforts, but I would not consider it sensible to
defend the results of my own work as being my own 'property', as some
old miser might defend the few coppers he had laboriously scrapped
together. I do not hold anything against him [Whittaker], nor of course,
against you. After all, I do not need to read the thing.
> 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.
I am a bit chuffed at a derivation of my own
http://www.anasoft.co.uk/EE/cmospafl/cmospafl.html. Yeah, its quite
simple, but I have yet to see anything similar. I just connected up some
ideas form different disciplines.
I may be an expert in analogue design, but I've a long way to go be a
>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 !)
I was getting of a Virgin plane. Mr. Branston was at the exit. I went up
to him, shook his hand and said "I am going to give him something that
you do not have". He stepped back, quite startled... "My cold" I said.
SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.