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Albert Einstein (1879–1955) was one of the most important physicists of all time. His work touched many major areas of physics, although he is mostly known as the creator of the theory of relativity and the photoelectric effect. Use this tag for questions about Einstein's scientific life and his works.

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Why Doesn't Einstein Get More Credit for Being the Father of Quantum Mechanics?

I'm not simply referring to the notion that Einstein treated the discrete emission and transference of energy (and matter) as "real" physical phenomena, but rather his major continuous role in the ...
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Einstein's overdetermination theory

In 1923 [1], Einstein proposed an idea for a classical theory that would explain some features of quantum mechanics, via the overdetermination of the EoM, so that only certain configurations would be ...
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Did Einstein ever refer to the coordinate speed/velocity of light?

In modern parlance we talk about two different speeds of light in general relativity. We distinguish between the local speed of light, which is always $c$, and the coordinate speed of light, which can ...
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Understanding Bohr's response to a 1930 Einstein thought experiment that challenged the uncertainty principle

Structure of this post I want to better understand how Bohr responded to Einstein's 1930 attempt to demonstrate that quantum mechanics was inherently contradictory under the Copenhagen interpretation....
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So how much did Mileva Maric contribute to Einstein's work?

I don't believe in the ridiculous conspiracy theories that she was the true founder of relativity and Einstein stole credit from her or any of that but did she play a role in anyway helping him? ...
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What was Einstein's contribution to the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paper?

Do we have any insight or document into theoretical development of the EPR papers both in terms of math, ideas and anything related to actual physical problem. I know that Einstein didn't write the ...
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Was there any discourse between Dirac and Einstein that was recorded in print or noted?

I read in Wiki they were together at the Solvay Conderence. There is also a note from 1926 letter to Paul Ehrenfest, Albert Einstein wrote of a Dirac paper, "I am toiling over Dirac. This ...
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Why did Einstein's teacher say that Einstein's presence alone undermined his authority?

Based on the excellent answer from @njuffa in the post Is it true that Albert Einstein was kicked out of high school due to his "peacefulness"? there is a quote from what the "home-room ...
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Einstein's "answers have changed"

I remember first seeing this anecdote a few years ago in a newspaper article, now I am seeing more frequently in motivational content over the internet, every time with very few additional details. ...
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What did Einstein say about the Dirac equation?

The wiki article on Dirac quotes Einstein as saying of Dirac I have trouble with Dirac. This balancing on the dizzying path between genius and madness is awful. and I don't understand Dirac at all. ...
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How did Mach's view on spacetime differ from Einstein's?

We can read in Wikipedia: Mach's principle, in cosmology, hypothesis that the inertial forces experienced by a body in nonuniform motion are determined by the quantity and distribution of matter in ...
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Einstein's handwritten manuscript on General Relativity

The book "The Road to Relativity" by Gutfreund and Renn annotates Einstein's original handwritten manuscript from 1916 - "The Foundation of the General Theory of Relativity." I can ...
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First paper introducing the concept of four-vectors

I'm trying to find the first paper in which the concept of four-vectors was introduced. I read "Principle of Relativity" by H. Minkowski but he only presents the notion of metric and invariant space-...
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What was Einstein's reasoning to conclude particles follows geodesics through spacetime?

When formulating General Relatvity Einstein proposed that freely falling particles, that is those subject to no forces other than gravity, follows geodesics through spacetime. In other words, those ...
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Origin of Einstein quote "Quantum mechanics: Real Black Magic Calculus"

The description of the 1993 English translation of The Quantum Dice, by Ponomarev and Kurchatov, as well as one of the quotes for chapter 2 of Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, by Nielsen ...
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On Einstein's argument at the beginning of his PhD thesis

In Investigations on the theory of Brownian movement, he says that osmosis holds for solute particles but not for Brownian ones, since they are too big to pass through a permeable membrane. So what? ...
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Hilbert's criticism on the first version of Einstein's field equations

Crossposted at Physics Stack Exchange I have read once that Hilbert had some reservations regarding the first form of the field equations $$ R_{\mu\nu} = k T_{\mu\nu} $$ because it was not possible ...
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Is Edmund Whittaker claim that Hilbert proved General Relativity days before Einstein valid?

Are the claims of Sir Edmund Whittaker regarding David Hilbert's derivation of the general relativity theory predated that of Einstein by five days? This Wikipedia article that I found contains the ...
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What was the poetic duel Einstein had with Lilly Rona about?

Felix Ehrenhaft was married to Lilly Rona. Einstein and Ehrenhaft regularly met and discussed about magnetic poles or fractional charges. Einstein didn't agree and used his authority to keep Ehrenhaft ...
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Where there scientists before Einstein who viewed space(time) as being elastic?

Einstein was the first who saw spacetime as a mallable substance to be malled with mass. As far as I know there were no people who suggested such a view of spacetime before him. But I could be wrong. ...
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Is there any literature or articles which expand more on Einstein's thoughts about Dostoyevsky's novels?

It is a well known fact that he admired Dostoyevsky even more than scientists. I'm looking for things like, Einstein's opinions about his religious discourse? What did he think of his bold statements ...
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Is there any evidence that Einstein knew of Cliffords speculation on the nature of gravity and electromagnetism?

Around 1870, William Clifford published a short note in The Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society describing all forces as an aspect of the curvature of space. This is the basis of ...
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What has Einstein actually written about the chronology of his discoveries?

I have heard some stuff about how Einstein got is ideas from third parties. I've read a biography about him by Walter Isaacson, and a lot of possibly wrong one-liners on the internet. But I'm ...
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At what point did Einstein realise that gravity was curvature of spacetime?

Did he realise this as soon as he thought of light curving due to gravity or was this something that took him a while to realise?
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Why are Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs) named after Bose and Einstein?

Why are Bose-Einstein Condensates (BECs) named after Bose and Einstein? What did Einstein contribute to BECs?
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Was the pre-special relativity discussion a hot topic in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century?

We know that low-dimensional materials and topological materials are some of the current hot topics in Physics. Did this happen with the pre-special relativity discussions in the late nineteenth and ...
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Historical origins of the idea that information cannot travel faster than light

Is there a good book or other reference that discusses the historical origins of the principle that not even information can travel faster than the speed of light? In my understanding the main reason ...
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Motivation to reformulate General Relativity in terms of connections?

My understanding that is Einstein and Schrodinger both were in correspondence (see here) and looking to reformulate General Relativity in terms of connections (which lead to this debacle). Now, from ...
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Was Einstein motivated by Riemannian geometry, or did he merely use it?

Einstein made intensive use of non-Eucliden geometry already developed by mathematicians. The difference being that the real manifolds (well, one of them) as imagined by the mathematicians were ...
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Did Einstein or the scientific community know about quantum tunneling during the EPR debates?

It is my understanding that Einstein produced the EPR paper to necessarily elucidate the existence of physical properties that could not exist prior to measurement. That was his assumption which was ...
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Duality while studying properties of an ensemble

Was Einstein the first to propose that observing an ensemble of N particles for time interval of dt is same as observing a single particle of ensemble for time interval of Ndt?
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