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GA Reassessment[edit]

Albert Einstein[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

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Result: Kept, with thanks to XOR'easter for their hard work. ~~ AirshipJungleman29 (talk) 18:11, 8 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]

It looks like there's some uncited text and other problems including

  • If one end of a wormhole was positively charged, the other end would be negatively charged. These properties led Einstein to believe that pairs of particles and antiparticles could be described in this way.
  • Later, after the death of his second wife Elsa, Einstein was briefly in a relationship with Margarita Konenkova. Konenkova was a Russian spy who was married to the Russian sculptor Sergei Konenkov (who created the bronze bust of Einstein at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton).[67][68][failed verification]*the Einstein-Cartan theory section
  • The equations of motion section
  • The Adiabatic principle and action-angle variables section
  • In "Über die Entwicklung unserer Anschauungen über das Wesen und die Konstitution der Strahlung" ("The Development of our Views on the Composition and Essence of Radiation"), on the quantization of light, and in an earlier 1909 paper, Einstein showed that Max Planck's energy quanta must have well-defined momenta and act in some respects as independent, point-like particles. This paper introduced the photon concept (although the name photon was introduced later by Gilbert N. Lewis in 1926) and inspired the notion of wave–particle duality in quantum mechanics. Einstein saw this wave–particle duality in radiation as concrete evidence for his conviction that physics needed a new, unified foundation.
  • The matter waves section
  • Although he was lauded for this work, his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful. Notably, Einstein's unification project did not accommodate the strong and weak nuclear forces, neither of which was well understood until many years after his death. Although mainstream physics long ignored Einstein's approaches to unification, Einstein's work has motivated modern quests for a theory of everything, in particular string theory, where geometrical fields emerge in a unified quantum-mechanical setting.
  • The other investigations section
  • Einstein suggested to Erwin Schrödinger that he might be able to reproduce the statistics of a Bose–Einstein gas by considering a box. Then to each possible quantum motion of a particle in a box associate an independent harmonic oscillator. Quantizing these oscillators, each level will have an integer occupation number, which will be the number of particles in it.
  • Many popular quotations are often misattributed to him.[example needed]

and possibly more. Though some of these could have been general referenced and I missed it. Onegreatjoke (talk) 18:01, 17 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Seems rather odd to open this without editing the article yourself or raising any issues on the article talkpage first. --JBL (talk) 18:45, 17 February 2023 (UTC)[reply]

information This review was put on hold for two months to relieve pressure on topic editors at GAR. ~~ AirshipJungleman29 (talk) 22:57, 17 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]

On a first reading, none of the uncited statements look atrocious. Various standard textbooks/histories/biographies should cover them, I think. XOR'easter (talk) 18:56, 20 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Working through these as I find the time. XOR'easter (talk) 21:04, 23 April 2023 (UTC)[reply]
All the {{citation needed}} tags are addressed now. XOR'easter (talk) 20:20, 5 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]
XOR'easter, thanks for your efforts. A couple of things still need to be directly cited: the quotes in the sentence beginning "As he stated in the paper" in the physical cosmology section, the Einstein–Cartan theory and Wave–particle duality sections. Also, do you think MOS:OVERSECTION is a problem at all? ~~ AirshipJungleman29 (talk) 16:46, 8 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]
The citation for the "As he stated in the paper..." is immediately preceding that passage. I don't see the need to repeat footnotes there.
There are more divisions into short subsections than I would have included, but I'm not sure that's a problem per se. XOR'easter (talk) 17:41, 8 May 2023 (UTC)[reply]
The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Letter to NYT about Menachem Begin[edit]

Today I made an improvement to this article, but it was deleted without my consent. When reading the section that mentions the letter Einstein wrote to the New York Times about the visit of Menachem Begin to the United States, I realized that wikipedia actually has an image of the letter in Wikimeida Commons. This image is displayed in-line with the articles on other signatories, but it was unfortunately absent from Einstein's page. Obviously providing the source-content as a visual aid is a great addition to the quality of this article, so I added it. Then User:Artem.G maliciously removed it without my consent.

Can someone please restore these revisions?


Thank you

Unlock request[edit]

It appears that this article is locked from editing by User:Cirt -- a user who has been permanently banned from Wikipedia for abuse. Because the user who locked this page is a known bad actor, can we please unlock this page so I can restore my edit?

Semi-protected edit request on 8 January 2024[edit]

NE0DOG00 (talk) 16:05, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Retributions to quantum mechanics

 Not done: the request must be of the form "please change X to Y". - DVdm (talk) 16:14, 8 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 1 February 2024[edit]

The later “Humboldt University” called Berlin University was named „Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Berlin“ at the time.

Source: Reimer Hansen: Von der Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zur Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Die Umbenennung der Berliner Universität 1945 bis 1949 und die Gründung der Freien Universität Berlin 1948 (PDF; 980 kB), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-9813135-7-4. (talk) 01:33, 1 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

 Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format and provide a reliable source if appropriate. Shadow311 (talk) 16:15, 15 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Einstein's comments about Asians[edit]

Any reason why his comments about the different Asian cultures are not included? These where published in 2018 by Princeton University Press as "The Travel Diaries of Albert Einstein: The Far East, Palestine, and Spain, 1922-1923" and was edited by Ze'ev Rosenkranz, assistant director of the California Institute of Technology's Einstein Papers Project.

Here's a good RS:

Some of Einsteins comments are: -calling the Chinese "industrious, filthy, obtuse people". -in Ceylon, writing of the people: "They live in great filth and considerable stench down on the ground, do little, and need little." -He also describes Chinese children as "spiritless and obtuse", and calls it "a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races". -He calls China "a peculiar herd-like nation," and "more like automatons than people", before claiming there is "little difference" between Chinese men and women, and questioning how the men are "incapable of defending themselves" from female "fatal attraction". (talk) 14:52, 19 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Yup, his comments are not done nowadays, but hardly essential to his biography. If anything, they show he was as amenable to prejudice as anyone else. tgeorgescu (talk) 15:23, 19 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]
it's an excerpt from his private diary, not a defining fact of his biography. Artem.G (talk) 14:26, 27 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Semi-protected edit request on 1 April 2024[edit]

The sentence 'In 1933, while he was visiting the United States, Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany' suggests that Hitler was visiting the United States when he came to power. Propose that you change 'he' to 'Einstein'. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 20:44, 1 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

 Not done, I don't think it's ambiguous in context. Remsense 21:49, 1 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]