Talk:Albert Einstein

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Swiss Citizen[edit]

Please write in the article that Einstein was a Swiss citizen since 1901. He didn't ever give up to this nationality. He was very proud to have this Swiss passport. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:120B:2C66:71A0:4966:2229:D42C:4FDF (talk) 20:15, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

His citizenship has been discussed many times in the past, and the present version is the result of consensus. The infobox already shows his Swiss citizenship from 1901 until his death and provides a full list. Apuldram (talk) 22:17, 9 October 2016 (UTC)
I'm sorry but this infobox is wrong. ALbert Einstein was a Swiss citizen from 1901 to his death. He never abandonned his Swiss nationality. He was very proud of it because at that time it wasn't given very easily. I don't understand why this article prentends that he lost it in 1955: this is totally wrong. As this article doesn't mention this important fact and so underestimates the benefits Einstein got from it means that it is clarly politically oriented. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:120B:2C68:2F50:946F:5E34:2F2B:4F4D (talk) 13:10, 18 October 2016 (UTC)
Apologies for repeating the earlier answer: The infobox already shows his Swiss citizenship from 1901 until his death and provides a full list.
Please read the first line of the article, which shows when he died. Apuldram (talk) 15:51, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Timeline section[edit]

This article contains a timeline. I am being told that timelines are not allowed in articles, they must be deleted or converted to prose. This previous RFC Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Biography determined that "biographies editors prefer prose format over a timeline section" so they have to go or be turned to prose. I think the discussion needs more opinions than the 6 people that commented. Please comment at Wikipedia talk:Timeline. --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 18:31, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Agree time line should be removed...also need to clean up some quotes. Dont need to know things like he was wearing black pants, Does not look like a GA article anymore.--Moxy (talk) 20:11, 18 October 2016 (UTC)

Education v. Alma_mater[edit]

Per infobox template: "education = institution and graduation year, if relevant. If very little information is available or relevant, the |alma_mater= parameter may be more appropriate." "Alma mater = linked name of the last-attended higher education institution." --Richard Arthur Norton (1958- ) (talk) 14:36, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

The template clearly says: "alma_mater: University or universities where scientist obtained their degree or degrees". And "If very little information is available or relevant...". That is excately what it is. -- ZH8000 (talk) 17:34, 6 November 2016 (UTC)

Einstein didn't disprove the ether[edit]

More careful reflection teaches us, however, that the special theory of relativity does not compel us to deny ether. We may assume the existence of an ether; only we must give up ascribing a definite state of motion to it, i.e. we must by abstraction take from it the last mechanical characteristic which Lorentz had still left it. We shall see later that this point of view, the conceivability of which I shall at once endeavour to make more intelligible by a somewhat halting comparison, is justified by the results of the general theory of relativity.[1]


  1. ^ Albert Einstein, ETHER AND THE THEORY OF RELATIVITY An Address delivered on May 5th, 1920, in the University of Leyden

Einstein argues that we aren't compelled to deny the ether as it might still exist since Lorentz's ether theory arrives at the same formalism as Einstein's SR but the nature of the ether being immobile and undetectable makes it effectively non-existent. I disagree with the statement that he "disproved" it. I edited the page to reflect this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Destatiforze (talkcontribs) 16:53, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

Please sign all your talk page messages with four tildes (~~~~). Thanks.
The article does not say that he disproved the ether, but that he discredited it. Arguing that something does not matter, can be called discrediting. That part is properly sourced, and should not be removed on the basis of something Einstein once said. Most scholars agree that Einstein discredited the ether, so that is what Wikipedia should report. I have reverted the inappropriate removal. - DVdm (talk) 17:18, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 11 November 2016 - Albert Einstein Albanian passport[edit]

Alber Einstein came to albania in April 1931.[1] At that time, Einstein felt threatened by Nazi elements because of his Jewish origins. Later,. He was given an Albanian passport, allowed to leave the country, and eventually to travel to the United States. The one who helped him Dr. Jani Basho, the young physician graduate of the University of Vienna (Austria) Medical School,[2] who upon his return to Albania was appointed physician of the Albanian Royal Court. It is in this capacity that he had the chance to do “a good deed” as a righteous person, for an individual who had reached world fame, and had distinguished himself in the forefront of scientific research, Dr.Albert Einstein. Dr. Basho met Dr. Einstein through an Albanian friend in Vienna, the well-known actor and artist Alexander Moisiu, a longtime friend of Dr. Einstein. Recently, this episode in the life of the great Dr. Einstein was also reported by the Wikipedia with the following text (talk) 22:49, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

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Also note that the dates don't tie up. According to the article, he was already in the United States in 1930. Apuldram (talk) 23:28, 11 November 2016 (UTC)