Einstein’s special ability was to overturn old-fashioned thinking and deal with new axioms that contradict intuition.This probably requires a particularly abstract mind, or it requires restructuring one’s own thinking in such a way that one discovers intuitive things in what contradicts the usual intuition.
Who can conclude something cleanly from implausible statements?From statements that contradict what we learned from an early age?
In everyday life, for example, the following question would be such a thing: “How would our society be built if murder were not a criminal offence?”
Or: “What would the night look like if light were dark?”
Or: “What if we had works of art of the complexity of a symphony for the sense of smell?”
Sci-fi writers sometimes try their best on such topics.They often fail terribly when they describe things they cannot know from their everyday life:
- In Jules Vernes “From Earth to the Moon”, a capsule is shot by cannon to the moon; She has a ballistic trajectory from the moment she leaves the cannon.
Nevertheless, the author describes gravitational effects that affect the passengers (to the point where they pick up the gravity of Earth and moon). He did not understand the principle of weightlessness in free fall, probably also because people at his time had less experience with roller coasters, airplanes, etc. that would have facilitated an intuitive understanding.
It does not recognize that the evaporation only brings cooling, because the evaporated evaporated is removed at a high temperature and thus dissipates heat. If recovered, this heat would also be recovered and overheating would be useless and the suits would be useless.
The author has used his intuitive access to the effects described to design a technology and has gone astray in the process.
The thought worlds of physical relativity and quantum dynamics are comparatively unintuitive.
Einstein’s special gift was that he did not let himself be made kirre by what he had learned so far (as a child), but rather chewed on the ideas in the abstract, where most people before him had at some point stopped or had moved from their intuition in the wrong direction. lead.Even seemingly absurd things didn’t stop him (like others before him). Hmm, then all lengths would no longer be absolute? A car would be 5m for some, only 4m long for the other? Okay, is unintuitive, but let’s think again …
Is that intelligence?
Well, for the mathematical penetration of his reflections on the General Theory of Relativity, he got the help of mathematicians, not because he had no time, but because the mathematical part was too complicated for him personally.Today, every physics student has to learn (though not find out). Getting help is certainly a smart strategy, but is it a sign of particularly high intelligence?
I think Einstein was certainly highly intelligent, otherwise he would not have been able to finish his deliberations so well.Presumably, however, there were and still are smarter people than him. His essential outstanding characteristic, however, was probably the ability to think further in the unintuitive.