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Einstein’s relatives’ theories

People say “There is only one Einstein”, but of course that is not so. In this, the official Einstein Year, when everyone celebrates Albert Einstein, let us not forget some of the other Einsteins.

Albert Einstein has a signature equation, e=mc2, which predicts how energy relates to mass. ME Einstein of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, has a whole set of equations that predict the composition of a pork carcass.

Einstein and several collaborators have published a series of studies – seven of them so far – in the Journal of Animal Science. Their “Evaluation of Alternative Measures of Pork Carcass Composition” appeared in 2001. It is a minor classic in the history of pork-production prediction literature.

ME Einstein also co-authored the doubly seminal “Utilisation of a Sperm Quality Analyser to Evaluate Sperm Quantity and Quality of Turkey Breeders”. It was published in 2002 in the journal British Poultry Science.

Outside a small circle of specialists, Einstein’s pork carcass composition equations and turkey sperm quality analyser analysis are not well known, which is perhaps sad.

Anyone with access to a good library can check out Einstein on cannabis. Albert Einstein never published any research papers about cannabis, at least not formally. But Rosemarie Einstein did. In 1975, she and two colleagues at the University of Leeds investigated the use of cannabis, alcohol and tobacco by 300 young persons at a university.

Einstein and her team carefully protected the students’ confidentiality. In their study, which appeared in the British Journal of Addiction, no student is named. Even the university is not identified.

The scientists discovered exactly how many of the students used pot, alcohol, tobacco, or any combination of the three. Or, to be more specific, they discovered what the students said they used. And how.

The scientists also discovered something they had expected: that students cannot be relied upon to answer surveys. The team says it sent questionnaires to exactly 1,000 students, and that exactly 300 of those questionnaires were returned. This 300/1,000 is a return rate of 33%, Einstein and her colleagues explain, using a brand of mathematics peculiarly their own.

There are many other Einsteins besides Albert, ME and Rosemarie. One analysed magical thinking in obsessive-compulsive persons. One did a comparison study of different kinds of barium enemas. One was a specialist in the history of television programmes. And so on. There is, I expect, an Einstein for everyone.

(Thanks to Jessica Girard for helping to track down some of these Einsteins.)

<p>During Einstein Year we should celebrate all the other Einsteins, says <strong>Marc Abrahams</strong>.</p>

Einstein smoked pot?

A friend of mine recently put my attention to this streaming video advertisement for an entheogenesis conference on Pot-TV: http://pot.tv/archive/shows/pottvshowse-3398.html [Broken]

In it there is a reference to a prof. Francis Thackeray from South Africa (and a prof. Vandemir[?]; not sure if I made that out correctly) who supposedly has found cannabis-residue in chemical analysis of Einsteins pipes. Couldn’t find anything about this on Google so I’m assuming it’s BS, especially since Pot-TV doesn’t seem like a very credible source of information. Anyone else heard anything about this supposed find?

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I heard he smoked tobacco brand called ‘Revelation’

but even if he did, it wont surprise me much

Carl Sagan smoked marijuana.
http://www.marijuana-uses.com/essays/002.html [Broken]

need i say more?

And why not – is it any concern of ours what someone else does or did.

Other greats also enjoyed the “forbidden”. It is a well known documented fact Hector Berlioz apparantly was under the influence of opium while composing “Symphony Fantastique” and listening to it I very well can believe it as no sober man can compose that brilliantly.

Sometimes the mind should be set free, most of us do it daily with the legal habit forming drugs alchohol and tobako and nobody thinks twice about that, and if those two are not enough then valium and other “so called legal” drugs are used.

i absolutely agree, however, misskitty, it’s surprising how many people use this substance. people you wouldn’t even think of to be honest. because of the “pothead” stigma, many are just quiet about it.

if this silly little rumor were true, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

i absolutely agree, however, misskitty, it’s surprising how many people use this substance. people you wouldn’t even think of to be honest. because of the “pothead” stigma, many are just quiet about it.

if this silly little rumor were true, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

Perhaps I should elaborate what I meant by “What difference does it make either way??”.

1. He made his accomplishments. If he smoked pot every day I still don’t see how it matters. His accomplishments stand separate from what anyone thinks of him personally.

2. Someone might “. [use] it against him to disprove his theories and work”? How? The only arbiter there is experiment. Anyone dumb enough to say his theories, proven by countless experiments, are irrelevant because he smoked pot is a moron not worth paying any attention to. If anything it could be used to show that smoking pot does not necessarily prevent you from making important contributions.

As it happens. He happened to die the same year that Hemp farming became illegal.

Perhaps not having it to smoke lead to his death and the world has lost out on much of his unfinished work.

Perhaps I should elaborate what I meant by “What difference does it make either way??”.

1. He made his accomplishments. If he smoked pot every day I still don’t see how it matters. His accomplishments stand separate from what anyone thinks of him personally.

2. Someone might “. [use] it against him to disprove his theories and work”? How? The only arbiter there is experiment. Anyone dumb enough to say his theories, proven by countless experiments, are irrelevant because he smoked pot is a moron not worth paying any attention to. If anything it could be used to show that smoking pot does not necessarily prevent you from making important contributions.

i agree wholeheartedly with #1. i should clarify that judgement passed of Einstein could cloud those who question him because of their own ignorance. and i completely agree with your last sentence.

you would be amazed at the ignorance of highly educated people-for example: the other day i spoke about how my 5 year old son wanted me to read him “Through the looking glass” to a person whom i have a great deal of respect for and this person holds a college degree and has traveled all over the world. this person gave me a funny look and replied, “talk about LSD!”. me being the one with less general education set them straight by telling them that the “Alice” books were written by a mathematican/philosopher and the books are actually a british satire, not to mention LSD wasn’t even invented at that time.

long story short, when people get a stigma set in their minds, it can be contagious, thus causing widespread ignorance.

i agree wholeheartedly with #1. i should clarify that judgement passed of Einstein could cloud those who question him because of their own ignorance. and i completely agree with your last sentence.

you would be amazed at the ignorance of highly educated people-for example: the other day i spoke about how my 5 year old son wanted me to read him “Through the looking glass” to a person whom i have a great deal of respect for and this person holds a college degree and has traveled all over the world. this person gave me a funny look and replied, “talk about LSD!”. me being the one with less general education set them straight by telling them that the “Alice” books were written by a mathematican/philosopher and the books are actually a british satire, not to mention LSD wasn’t even invented at that time.

long story short, when people get a stigma set in their minds, it can be contagious, thus causing widespread ignorance.

That doesn’t alter the fact that his theories can only be overthrown by experiment. If some ignorant lay person decides Einstein is ‘wrong’ or whatever because he smoked pot, again, what difference does it make? Few people understand what he said anyway.

Now I don’t suppose anyone should be spreading this rumor, at least not without proof it’s true. But still, I don’t think it matters. As someone mentioned, Carl Sagan admitted to smoking pot his whole life. I don’t see anyone saying his work is compromised therefore.

A friend of mine recently put my attention to this streaming video advertisement for an entheogenesis conference on Pot-TV…