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# Einstein's Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius

Although Einstein was the greatest genius of the twentieth century, many of his ground-breaking discoveries were blighted by mistakes, ranging from serious misconceptions in physics to blatant errors in mathematics. For instance, Einstein's first theoretical proof of the famous formula E = mc2 was incomplete and only approximately valid; he struggled with this problem for
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Hardcover, 416 pages

Published
September 17th 2008
by W. W. Norton & Company
(first published September 8th 2008)

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Einstein succeeded not merely in spite of, but sometimes because of his mistakes. The fruitful mistakes were mainly conceptual rather than mathematical ones. For example, in formulating special relativity he decreed, rather than demonstrated, that light travels at a constant speed in a vacum regardless of how fast you are moving relative to a light source. In general relativity he started with the idea that it is impossible to distinguish in certain circumstances between acceleration due to gra

...moreQuanto à suposta humildade que os erros de Einstein trouxeram ao aqui repetidamente declarado Ser Humano Mais Inteligente do Século, ela não se faz presente. Nada que chegue a impedi-lo de ser o tiozão legal ...more

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Nje nga librat me interesant qe kam lexuar per Einstein-in. Tani kam filluar ne detaje t'a percjelli mitin dhe mitet mbi njerezit me epitete.

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