While I was walking my dog this morning up at Adams-Ricci Park, I started thinking about Albert Einstein and how much of an effect he has had on the world of physics. His Theory of Relativity is considered by most to explain everything, so to speak. There are those who have deified the man, which I think is a shame. For them, his work is the whole enchilada, the pie in the sky, the beginning and the end. What they are really saying is that a man from the early to mid part of the 20th century is a Law Giver for Eternity. Personally, I find this a little bit hard to believe, that no other voice will rise up as loud as his. Take the speed of light, supposedly nothing can go faster, yet there are a number of individuals around the world who are working on ways to do just that. Another group is changing tactics and trying to sidestep that little roadblock; some want to warp space, some want to bend space, some want to fold space. The truth is there are a lot of people out there who are trying to slice up Einstein's pie.
|A pie ready for dicing|
From what I've read, some of his theories on black holes are now starting to be considered sketchy; things don't disappear forever. Of course, in his day black holes were still considered theory.
At some point, I suspect, instead of being the whole enchilada, he will become one of the main ingredients, at that moment in future history his pie will be sliced. What his devout followers need to do is take a big step back and realize his theory is still relatively brand new. Two hundred years from now this will not be the case. Technologically speaking, we are moving at a breakneck pace, computers are refining data to the point where some of our simple minds can only see it as magic. The smartphone has become Star Trek's communicator and main computer all wrapped up in a tiny little bundle you can hold in your hand. Can you imagine what they'll be doing 20 years from now? The slicing and dicing of Einstein's pie may start off slow, but the way things are going, at some point it will be moving faster then the speed of light.
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