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How Crackpots and String Theorists Attack Einstein's Relativity
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Oct 1, 2017 2:07 PM


According to Nima ArkaniHamed, crackpots attack Einstein's relativity in the following incorrect way:
Crackpots (20:21): "Everything old is wrong. Einstein was an idiot. You guys all believe in deep authority. No one is brave enough to challenge Einstein." http://www.cornell.edu/video/nimaarkanihamedphilosophyoffundamentalphysics1
The only correct way to attack Einstein's relativity, practiced by string theorists, is as follows. Einstein's spacetime is wrong, doesn't exist, and should be abandoned, but the underlying premise, Einstein's constantspeedoflight postulate, is gloriously true, Divine Einstein, yes we all believe in relativity, relativity, relativity:
Nima ArkaniHamed (06:09): "Almost all of us believe that spacetime doesn't really exist, spacetime is doomed and has to be replaced by some more primitive building blocks." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U47kyV4TMnE
Nobel Laureate David Gross observed, "Everyone in string theory is convinced...that spacetime is doomed. But we don't know what it's replaced by." https://www.edge.org/responsedetail/26563
What scientific idea is ready for retirement? Steve Giddings: "Spacetime. Physics has always been regarded as playing out on an underlying stage of space and time. Special relativity joined these into spacetime... [...] The apparent need to retire classical spacetime as a fundamental concept is profound..." https://www.edge.org/responsedetail/25477
"Splitting Time from Space  New Quantum Theory Topples Einstein's Spacetime. Buzz about a quantum gravity theory that sends space and time back to their Newtonian roots." https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/splittingtimefromspace/
"Rethinking Einstein: The end of spacetime. It was a speech that changed the way we think of space and time. The year was 1908, and the German mathematician Hermann Minkowski had been trying to make sense of Albert Einstein's hot new idea  what we now know as special relativity  describing how things shrink as they move faster and time becomes distorted. "Henceforth space by itself and time by itself are doomed to fade into the mere shadows," Minkowski proclaimed, "and only a union of the two will preserve an independent reality." And so spacetime  the malleable fabric whose geometry can be changed by the gravity of stars, planets and matter  was born. It is a concept that has served us well, but if physicist Petr Horava is right, it may be no more than a mirage." https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20727721200rethinkingeinsteintheendofspacetime/
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