Talk:Albert Einstein

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Max Talmey to be added to infobox[edit]

Max Talmey (born Talmud) should be added to infobox as a significant influence.[1], relevant info is in fourth paragraph of the section "Childhood and education". Other useful, but not yet used (AFAIKnow) sources are in the Talk:Albert Einstein/Archive 19#Einstein and Jewishness, revisited. If someone can use these sources before I can, (s)he's welcome. --Marjan Tomki SI (talk) 00:27, 6 August 2022 (UTC) Marjan Tomki SIReply[reply]

Another source for several aspects, including some data (and sources) about his his early childhood development and temperament, about influence of his uncle and Max Talmud, and about his Luitpold Gimnasium teacher Joseph Degenhart who required pupils learn material by rote, which Einstein was not good at, and refused to do, and who "prophesied that Einstein would never amount to nothing"; from Galina Weinstein[2] Marjan Tomki SI (talk) 19:48, 9 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Another source for "amount to nothing..." (and a peek into his pre- and annus mirabilis time) [3] Marjan Tomki SI (talk) 09:39, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And another...
  • Prezi site seems to be about means for dyslexic people to overcome their problem. IMO article includes author's thesis Einstein was dyslectic, which I am far from sure was the main reason for his troubles presented here. Facts about Einstein's troubles fit data scattered among several other, and are here together and well presented, even if written a bit dyslexic. [4]
  • Princeton has mention of dr. Josef Degenhart at Luitpold Gimnasium, but I don't see enough of the document in question at the moment to see the context; will look into when I can. [5]
Marjan Tomki SI (talk) 10:43, 24 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. ^ Kaku, Michio. "Albert Einstein German-American physicist". Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  2. ^ Weinstein, Galina (May 2012). "(PDF) Albert Einstein: Rebellious Wunderkind". ResearchGate. Retrieved 9 September 2022.
  3. ^ Bodanis, David. "Einstein the Nobody". Nova. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  4. ^ Milan, Alejandra. "Einstein". Prezi. Retrieved 24 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Einstein Papers, Volume 1: The Early Years, 1879-1902 Page 351". Princeton. Retrieved 24 December 2022.

Einstein, as Jewish, objected[edit]

To me this sounds a bit stilted? Maybe "being jewish" or "a jew" or even just "Einstein, Jewish"? (talk) 00:54, 18 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Einstein, a whitewash[edit]

Did Einstein write this article himself?

in the text we read: In his own travel diaries from his 1922–23 visit to Asia, he expresses some views on the Chinese, Japanese and Indian people, which have been described as xenophobic and racist judgments when they were rediscovered in 2018.[103][104]

There is so much wrong with this. It says the way Einstein's views have been described, but that's not how they were described at all. Nowhere in the article cited is it indicated that they were "judgments". The word never even appears. So basically whoever wrote that sentence is trying to pass off something that was never said as what was said. It's interesting, too, the choice wording "expressed some views", which is itself a pass off, and whoever wrote that is also taking the artistic license to interpret what the article cited expressed and synthesize it in the least offensive terminology possible. Of course, the article doesn't actually dare to include what those views actually were, either (i.e. that the Chinese are an "industrious, filthy, obtuse people"). The BBC makes it clear: [[1]], and there are other sources as well: [[2]]

The article goes further to avoid any controversy; we have the failure to indicate Einstein's work with the "Institute of Sexual Experimentation" in Germany, or even his opinions on abortion or pushing young boys into homosexuality. Nor is there any mention of his blame for racism being cast as "a disease of white people". This man is no less infallible than the "Founding Fathers" which everyone revels in tearing apart. There's clearly a double standard in the treatment given to Einstein on Wikipedia, and others. A heavy, heavy slant. --Gkkkj098 (talk) 05:28, 13 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If you ask me, seen the epoch wherein he lived, somewhat racist statements were excusable (we don't cancel Kant, Hegel, and Heidegger because they were antisemitic). But how he handled his wife is more of a relevant criticism than passing remarks about race.
By default, any ethical opinion about abortion is controversial.
The idea that one can become a homosexual just because you ask them nicely to become homosexual is ridiculous. Nobody becomes a homosexual just because they read something in the newspaper. tgeorgescu (talk) 22:06, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

this part needs some formatting[edit]

"[Einstein] had worked through the whole book. He thereupon devoted himself to higher mathematics ... Soon the flight of his mathematical genius was so high I could not follow." AyoubHN (talk) 19:38, 7 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

GA Reassessment[edit]

Albert Einstein[edit]

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To accomodate constraints on topical editors, this review is put on hold until April 17

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[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[reply]