Saturday, March 10, 2012

Einstein VS. Quantum Mechanics

Einstein saw limits and predictable standards throughout the universe. He loathed the quantum theories; they didn't line up with his theories of relativity. These proposed theories of the minute particle governed a world of probabilities and contradictions. The scientific community of the day was up in arms over these new theories. Einstein adamantly spoke out against them.
Einstein's scientific nemesis was Niels Bohr.
 Their names dominate the history of philosophical reactions to the new physics of the twentieth century, Bohr for having identified complementarity as the chief novelty in the quantum description of nature, Einstein for having found vindication in his relativity theory.
The two scientists debated the subject for many years. Einstein considered it a disagreement over the very essence of God's universe.
Einstein and Bohr

Einstein moved to sum up his point of view in one sentence," God does not play dice."
Professor Bohr countered smugly with,"Don't tell god what to do with his dice."
Still Einstein insisted that physics could not be unpredictable. He decided to work on a theory that would combine both the laws of gravity with the laws of magnetism. This would prove that quantum theory was wrong. He aspired to reason out 'the theory of everything.'

In 1920 Einstein published his paper on the theory of everything. The theory was rejected unilaterally throughout the scientific community Einstein started to backtrack on his claims almost immediately. He ignored comment that his new theory countered many points in his acclaimed theories of relativity. Einstein plugged along until the end of his life hoping that eventually quantum theory would be proven wrong. He worked until his death in 1955 trying to workout the bugs in his theory of everything.

Today these two theories still stand divided. Two of the greatest minds of the modern era are working on combining these two theories of the very small and the very large.
Professor Stephen Hawking and Professor Michio Kako

1 comment:

  1. In my free ebook on comparative mysticism, "the greatest achievement in life," is a quote by Albert Einstein: "...most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty - which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form - this knowledge, this feeling, is the center of all religion."

    E=mc², Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity, is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Love, Grace, Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (f(x) raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.