is Albert Einstein's name associated with the "principle of relativity",
and not Poincaré's? Poincaré stated it first, ten years
before the Einsteins, and the Einsteins copied it from him. Who is to
blame for this injustice? What could possibly motivate them, other than
self-doubt and/or hero worship? The facts are clear to all willing to
look. Albert Einstein did not originate the special theory of relativity.
That is clear. . . .
Poincare and Lorentz developed the theory, why aren't their names not
only linked to the theory, but universally linked together? What makes
the image of "Einstein" so sacrosanct, that it is today virtually
a crime to tell the truth about the history of the special theory of
relativity? Why, in the majority of the histories of the special theory
of relativity, isn't Einstein, with his minor contribution of the relativistic
equations for aberration and the Doppler-Fizeau effect (together with
his many blunders), the curious footnote of a persistent copycat, and
not the central theme? Certainly, it is more convenient to briefly credit
Einstein with everything, but, since the ideas are considered so significant,
one would think the originators deserve their due credit.
. .Many people knew that Einstein did not hold priority for much of
what he wrote. He, himself, was keenly aware of it. It is not uncommon
for grandiose myths to accrue to overly idealized popular figures, such
as Albert Einstein. Theoretical Physics, as a field, was small, and
not well known in the period from 1905-1919. Theoretical physicists
were not well known, and, since those in the field knew that Einstein
was a plagiarist, they largely ignored him
1919, (on dubious grounds213) Dyson, Davidson and Eddington,
made Einstein famous by affirming that experiment had confirmed, without
an attribution to Soldner, Soldner's 1801 hypothesis, that the gravitational
field of the sun should curve the path of light from the stars.214
Shortly after that, Einstein won the Nobel Prize, though it is unclear
why he won it, other than as a reward for his new-found fame for reiterating
Soldner's ideas, and for his pacifist stance during World War I.
. .Einstein did not invent the atomic bomb. In fact, he was ignorant
of the concept of the bomb. However, with the help of Alexander Sachs,
Einstein was chosen to write a letter to President Roosevelt urging
him to instigate what would eventually become the “Manhattan Project”,
the effort to develop an atomic bomb before the Nazis. Due to his ignorance,
Leo Szilard and Eugene Wigner had to explain the concept of the atomic
bomb to Einstein, before he could write the letter215. .
. .When said program to develop an atomic bomb began, Einstein was not
asked to participate, but rather was excluded from the research team.
Why was Einstein, supposedly the most brilliant human being of all time,
not a member of the team, which developed the bomb, and upon whose work
the fate of all of humanity might rest?