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Philosophically speaking, does Einstein Theory of Relativity make sense?

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@Cynical: The belief that Einstein played a big role in the development of nuclear weapon is a myth. Einstein only played a minor role. At the encouragement of his peers, he wrote a letter to FDR to develop nuclear weapons but Einstein himself played no role in the development of such weapons.

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  • 9 years ago
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    Yes...if for no other reason than to show us that it's possible to think outside the box and make it sound SOUND. But everything is a work in progress. I would hope that every philosopher and scientist can't wait for the day that they are proven wrong. It would mean that things are progressing IMHO.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    As much as any Scientific theory makes "sense" yes. As long as it makes quantitative predictions, those predictions are tested, and the domain of validity is established and refined, then all is right with the world. Science is where Philosophy meets the Road. Does "the Road" make sense, or is "sense" some naive value judgment?

    You "dis" Einstein for not making a big contribution to nuclear research. Did Newton make a big contribution to the understanding of gravity? Yes. Did he make the last contribution to gravity? No. Just because he did not get into configuring / determining critical mass and such, knowing that there was energy to tap, and how it got there, is a big contribution.

    And you are missing a few more facts. First Einstein promoted the use of nuclear power, to stop Hitler. Then when he saw the devastation, he lobbied hard against its use.

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  • sohaib
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    4 years ago

    standard relativity genuinely provided a contracting universe as a substitute of the then assumed stable universe ( Newton defined it by ability of asserting it rather is a limiteless universe with countless mass yet admitted that such may well be a precarious stability ). Einstein became into engaged on something detrimental to gravity to counter the contractive result to describe why the Universe nonetheless existed and hadn't only collapsed, it became into in lots of situations reported as antigravity interior the previous yet might now be reported as detrimental capability or darkish capability. whilst Hubble got here out with the assertion that the Universe became into increasing, then that eradicated the might desire to counter the contractive outcomes of gravity so Einstein dropped his antigravity suggestions and reported because it his best mistake. in spite of the undeniable fact that standard relativity might decelerate the expansion, the two to a give way or the expansion will grow to be extra effective than the outcomes of gravity, regardless with an increasing universe and standard relativity, the expansion might desire to be slowing down and modern observations say it is not any longer, it is accelerating, for this reason we've been dusting off Einstein's tossed away equations approximately anti-gravity and calling it detrimental capability. The remark you got here upon became into from 1922 and from an exceptionally distinctive perspective, it is likewise probable approximately Einstein's discussions of a accessible anti-gravity to counter the outcomes of gravity which may well be extra stable as an increasing universe than a stable universe. remember that lower back then, the thought that the universe did no longer constantly existed because it did then might've been unthinkable, to point that something reported an increasing or contracting universe may well be mocking the theory in 1922.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes, Einsteins general and special relativity make much more sense than the proceeding quantified system of physical phenomena.

    And while Einstein was not directly involved in the Manhattan project, he did contribute to the theoretical basis that made atomic weaponry a realistic field of research.

    Philosophically speaking, Einsteins relativity, in particular general relativity, was devised both to rebut the mach principle of space, and to resolve conflicts in Newtonian physics with his theory of special relativity.

    In the philosophical sense Einsteins theories of relativity are extremely insightful, despite being somewhat counter intuitive.

    Source(s): Contemplation of space and time is a rich philosophical tradition http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy_of_space_a...
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  • 9 years ago

    Philosophically speaking, does Einstein Theory of Relativity make sense?

    ~~~ What do you mean by 'making sense'?

    It is quite reasonable, makes a lot of sense, in the right context.

    Quantum mechanics has made some of it obsolete.

    As has philosophy.

    But, again, it does make sense in the right context.

    The sun orbiting the Earth made a lot of sense, considering the appearances, and lack of science at the time... Get it?

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  • 9 years ago

    I've tried two or three different times to get my mind around it and I keep getting hung up on some of the basics like - if I approach a star at 90% the speed of light, which is allowed, and you approach the same star from the opposite direction, also at 90% the speed of light, which is also allowed, then we are approaching each other at 180% the speed of light which is not allowed.

    I can do the math of relativity but I can't believe it.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I think his conservation law, is very important.

    Philosophers just don't consider it enough, there is a lot of potential in nothing can be created/destroyed cause it makes infinity possible and from there is alot of stuff you can work on.

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  • 9 years ago

    Yes.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Very much so, even to the extent that it changed philosophy forever.

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  • 9 years ago

    Yeah ! WW2 would probably have lasted another year if not for the A-bomb.All those young american guys lives were saved from another year of conflict.

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