Ideas do not hinge on the people who hold them. Einstein was a sex addict who didn’t treat his wives very nicely. Speaking of being a shithead to women, do I have to talk about Jefferson? Gandhi had some terrible things to say about Africans. I’m pretty sure entire books could be written about shitty people who had good ideas, mediocre people who had great ideas, and magnificent people who had absolutely terrible and dangerous ideas.

So, if someone proposes a new way of doing something, and you decide that instead of picking at the idea itself, you want to bury the idea by picking at the person instead, I don’t have time for you.

It feels cheap to me. It feels like you don’t care if the idea is good or not, you just don’t like it, and you’ll take the quickest road to kill it. It feels like you don’t care about making things better, you just want to get your way.


The Most Beautiful Mathematical Equations.

1. General Relativity

The equation above was formulated by Einstein as part of his groundbreaking general theory of relativity in 1915. The theory revolutionized how scientists understood gravity by describing the force as a warping of the fabric of space and time. The right-hand side of this equation describes the energy contents of our universe (including the ‘dark energy’ that propels the current cosmic acceleration). The left-hand side describes the geometry of space-time. The equality reflects the fact that in Einstein’s general relativity, mass and energy determine the geometry, and concomitantly the curvature, which is a manifestation of what we call gravity.

2. Standard Model
This equation describes the collection of fundamental particles currently thought to make up our universe. It has successfully described all elementary particles and forces that we’ve observed in the laboratory to date - except gravity, including recently discovered Higgs boson and phi in the formula. It is fully self-consistent with quantum mechanics and special relativity.

3. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus 
This equation forms the backbone of the mathematical method known as calculus, and links its two main ideas, the concept of the integral and the concept of the derivative. It allows us to determine the net change over an interval based on the rate of change over the entire interval. The seeds of calculus began in ancient times, but much of it was put together in the 17th century by Isaac Newton, who used calculus to describe the motions of the planets around the sun.

4. 1 = 0.999999999….
This simple equation states that the quantity 0.999 followed by an infinite string of nines is equivalent to one, and is made by mathematician Steven Strogatz of Cornell University. Many people don’t believe it could be true. It’s also beautifully balanced. The left side represents the beginning of mathematics; the right side represents the mysteries of infinity.

5. Special Relativity
Einstein makes the list again with his formulas for special relativity, which describes how time and space aren’t absolute concepts, but rather are relative depending on the speed of the observer. It shows how time dilates, or slows down, the faster a person is moving in any direction.

6. Euler’s Equation
This simple formula encapsulates something pure about the nature of spheres. It says that if you cut the surface of a sphere up into faces, edges and vertices, and let F be the number of faces, E the number of edges and V the number of vertices, you will always get V – E + F = 2. So, for example, take a tetrahedron, consisting of four triangles, six edges and four vertices. If you blew hard into a tetrahedron with flexible faces, you could round it off into a sphere, so in that sense, a sphere can be cut into four faces, six edges and four vertices. And we see that V – E + F = 2. Same holds for a pyramid with five faces - four triangular, and one square - eight edges and five vertices, and any other combination of faces, edges and vertices. The combinatorics of the vertices, edges and faces is capturing something very fundamental about the shape of a sphere.

7. Euler–Lagrange Equations and Noether’s Theorem
In this equation, L stands for the Lagrangian, which is a measure of energy in a physical system, such as springs, or levers or fundamental particles. Solving this equation tells you how the system will evolve with time. A spinoff of the Lagrangian equation is called Noether’s theorem. Informally, the theorem is that if your system has a symmetry, then there is a corresponding conservation law. For example, the idea that the fundamental laws of physics are the same today as tomorrow (time symmetry) implies that energy is conserved. The idea that the laws of physics are the same here as they are in outer space implies that momentum is conserved. 

8. The Callan-Symanzik Equation
Basic physics tells us that the gravitational force, and the electrical force, between two objects is proportional to the inverse of the distance between them squared. However, tiny quantum fluctuations can slightly alter a force’s dependence on distance, which has dramatic consequences for the strong nuclear force. What the Callan-Symanzik equation does is relate this dramatic and difficult-to-calculate effect, important when the distance is roughly the size of a proton, to more subtle but easier-to-calculate effects that can be measured when the distance is much smaller than a proton.

9. The Minimal Surface Equation
The minimal surface equation somehow encodes the beautiful soap films that form on wire boundaries when you dip them in soapy water. The fact that the equation is 'nonlinear,’ involving powers and products of derivatives, is the coded mathematical hint for the surprising behavior of soap films. 

According to Einstein, transdimensional portals called “wormholes“ come into being and cease to exist thousands of times per second randomly across the universe. This means that by the time you reach 35 years old, chances are at least one drop of your urine has transcended space and time to drip on another planet, perhaps even on its president or king.

All this time I thought I understood what the most famous equation in physics really meant, and here comes PBS Space Time to give me the real scoop. 

This was a little bit of a mind blow. I need to sit down and think for a while. 

Un jour je me battrai pour que des enfants comme mon neveu, un peu plus fragiles, un peu moins rapides que les autres, qui souffrent de cette petite marge de différence comme un fardeau sur leur existence. Ces enfants qui s’en sortent à leur rythme seront toujours un peu stigmatisés par les autres, foulés aux pieds du système, car le commandement des éducateurs sera toujours à des kilomètres de la réalité. Tant que l’efficacité, la productivité, le jeu des élites et la compétition acharnés seront ce qui prime, des petits génies invisibles seront laissés sur le côté, et perdront confiance en eux. Or il arrive parfois que cela change entièrement la vie d’un être méritant, dès l’enfance, en lui faisant imaginer qu’il est un moins que rien, ou en lui montrant qu’il ne pourra pas y arriver.

The Hollow-Face Illusion.

Seen here with an Einstein mask, the hollow-face illusion is an example of the biases our brain uses.

This example is the bias of seeing a face normally in a convex manner, which the brain will counter cues of light, shade and depth to be able to picture this face in a convex way.

(BBC Two)

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.
—  Albert Einstein