Remember when Einstein was worshiped so completely that the common person thought him infallible?
Remember when his legacy of information about matter and energy was considered to be a chapter in the Bible of Modern Physics?
Well it may surprise you to hear me say this, but Einstein got it wrong a lot of the time. The fact is, he got it wrong not once in a blue moon, but during countless phases of countless moons.
Sometimes his goofs were subtle, and other times they bordered on the ridiculous. The point is, our modern day hero was wrong wrong dead wrong! —About the universe, about its contents, about the workings of atoms, about his own ability to get it right 100% of the time.
And yet without the benefit of Einstein’s mistakes, we wouldn’t have made as much progress in modern physics. “Most scientists would give their eyeteeth to make even one of Einstein’s mistakes,” says theoretical physicist Fred Goldhaber of the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
But that doesn’t change the fact that they were mistakes. From how gravity works in space, to his silly theory that the cosmos was standing still, Einstein was way off base. He even manufactured bogus equations to prove the cosmos was standing still. Naughty! Naughty boy! At least he gave other physicists something to push on, though. If necessity is the mother of invention, then resistance is the father.
Einstein’s blunders reveal the prejudices that affected his perception and the uniqueness of a mind that resisted the thought that it might be better if he didn’t refer to every idea he came across as the ‘definitive solution’.
In all fairness to this fellow, things such as dark matter had not been postulated yet, though. There’s only so far the next mind can go, apparently, without the building blocks of dark matter. And that’s my point.
Minds that can stand the heat will not bother with how they are perceived by others . They have a unique fearlessness that makes them impervious to judgment from their peers even. It allows them to blunder full speed ahead.
(And blundering full speed ahead is a good thing, to paraphrase ex-con Martha Stewart.)