Einstein Relatively Easy

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An interesting paper on the long an tortuous Einstein's journey through the tensors.

"For much of the period between 1912 and 1916 he was truly lost in the tensors, quite completely on the wrong path, accompanied by erroneous reasons he claimed to be fundamental.
And yet, quite singularly, in the course of a month he abondoned his errors and their justifications.
The moral, perhaps, is that a certain fickleness is more conducive to theoretical progress than is any abundance of conceptual clarity -- at least if one is Einstein."

Lost in the Tensors: Einstein's Struggles with. Covariance Principles, 1912-1916

 

 

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"Five or six weeks elapsed between the conception of the idea for the special theory of relativity and the completion of the relevant publication" Einstein to Carl Seeling on March 11, 1952

"Every boy in the streets of Göttingen understands more about four-dimensional geometry than Einstein. Yet, in spite of that, Einstein did the work and not the mathematicians."
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