Talk:Albert Einstein

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Kingdom of Württemberg[edit]

Was the Kingdom of Württemberg an independent state with independent passports during the time Einstein was born? If not it should state 'German' nationality instead of "Kingdom of Württemberg".--Wester (talk) 18:41, 25 March 2015 (UTC)

no it was a state of the German Empire 14:31, 10 June 2015 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Semi-protected edit request on 21 May 2015[edit]

Albert Einstein (/ˈælbərt ˈaɪnʃtaɪn/; Yiddish (אלבערט איינשטיין) German: [ˈalbɐrt ˈaɪnʃtaɪn] ( listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a Ashkenazi Jewish theoretical physicist.

Sources: Scotch-Polish (talk) 07:16, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done it clearly states "The Einsteins were non-observant Ashkenazi Jews" in the "Early life and education" section. It is not what Einstein was known for, so does not belong in the opening line. - Arjayay (talk) 07:45, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Not to mention that the provided source doesn't even support what Scotch-Polish wants to see in the lead (Ashkenazi isn't even mentioned in it).--Kmhkmh (talk) 11:37, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 21 May 2015[edit] (talk) 14:51, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

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Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: as you have not cited reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 15:12, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Wrong attribution[edit]

The following statement is wrongly attributed to Einstein:

"In my whole life I have never felt so Jewish as now."

It was actually made by Haber. The results from google search is here. --LaoChen05:28, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Good find. Indeed. See the quoted Isaacson source. I have removed the paragraph. - DVdm (talk) 06:02, 4 June 2015 (UTC)

Zero-point energy[edit]

Einstein did not come up with the idea of zero-point energy. Planck gave the vibrational energy formula

 \epsilon = \frac{h\nu}{ e^{\frac{h\nu}{kT}}-1} + \frac{h\nu}{2}

and showed the concept of zero-point energy . The references are here: [1]"The paper by Einstein and Otto Stern ... presents the results of their study of some ways in which the zero-point energy, introduced two years earlier by Max Planck in his second quantum theory, might affect physical phenomena", [2]:7, [3]:48"When Max Planck introduced the concept of zero-point energy in 1911...", [4]:133"...corresponding to the zero-point energy hv/2 that Planck ascribed to his resonators in his second theory of radiation."

Based on these findings, I think we should give proper credit to whomever it is due.--Laochen 05:51, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Since Einstein's contribution to the zero-point energy is not that significant compared to the other subject areas, also the article has acquired quite a size, I suggest that this section should be removed.--Laochen 05:26, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

Significant nonetheless. It just needs to be sourced. Coldcreation (talk) 06:30, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

Swiss Citizen[edit]

Albert Einstein was a Swiss citizen from 1901 to his death. He never gave up his Swiss nationality. I don't understand why it doesn't appear clearly in this article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:16, 24 July 2015‎ (UTC)

The infobox says exactly that. The text mentions when he acquired Swiss citizenship and it doesn't mention him giving it up. What exactly is unclear about that? — HHHIPPO 20:01, 24 July 2015 (UTC)