To start, let's talk about some of Einstein's contributions to science. What compelled you to help curate this celebration of Einstein's legacy?No, Einstein's space and time was the same as Lorentz's, and years behind the Poincare and Minkowski view that is popular today.
Well, to start, Einstein's special theory of relativity revolutionized our notion of space and time.
I've wondered, say, if Einstein were born 30 years later, would someone else have figured out relativity, and the photoelectric effect, and so on?Relativity was figured by others. Not sure about the photoelectric effect.
[String theorists] are still advocating that they're the smartest physicists — although they're not doing physics, because in my book, physics is about testing your ideas against reality, with experiments.That's right, but the string theorists adamantly argue that they are following Einstein's example.
the most natural versions of supersymmetry are ruled out. So here's an idea that was celebrated as part of the mainstream — not only celebrated, but it was the foundation for string theory.
And so I asked the experimentalists, "how long will you continue to search for WIMPs, these weakly interacting particles, since the limits are orders of magnitude below the expectation?" And he said, "I will continue to search for WIMPs as long as I get funding."
So we do need — we desperately need another Einstein. There is no doubt.