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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review March 12, 2004 / 20 Adar, 5764

99 years of proof: Albert Einstein is still right after decades of verification

By Bill Tammeus

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http://www.jewishworldreview.com | People who care even half a fig about science — me, for instance — this year will celebrate the 99th anniversary of the publication of Albert Einstein's papers containing most of his great theories.

We'd wait a year to celebrate the 100th anniversary except we know that life is fickle and we're not guaranteed even tomorrow. So we'll raise a toast this year to 1905, which was also the year Einstein earned a doctorate.

The thing about Einstein that sets my socks aflame is that he's not just an interesting historical figure. Rather, he's the reason thousands and thousands of scientists have jobs today. Around the globe, researchers galore work long and odd hours trying to verify what Einstein proposed. Time and again, it turns out, they discover that what Einstein guessed was happening in this strange cosmos is exactly what's happening.

The old boy may have been a little eccentric-looking, but since when do odd looks mean someone is daft, a head case, a meshugena? Looking hair-brained doesn't mean you're harebrained.

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Hardly a week passes that doesn't bring news of some new confirmation of Einstein's work. I became a journalist instead of a physicist because I'm math-challenged, so I don't understand a lot of the science news I read. But it's still clear to me that Einstein was amazingly prophetic, to say nothing of being right most of the time. Never mind his hair.

This fall, for instance, researchers at Duke University and the University of Arizona found evidence that Einstein was right in his Special Theory of Relativity when he declared that information cannot travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum. (In the vacuum I sometimes get roped into using, things occasionally don't travel at all because of a blockage in the hose, but never mind that.)

I read some of the details about the smooth blips of light known as Gaussian pulses these scientists used to figure all this out, but I had to quit before my cranium blew up. However, I did understand this sentence in a press release from the University of Arizona: "Einstein does, in fact, continue to be right."

Imagine, 50 years after your death, someone issuing that statement with your name in it instead of Einstein's. I have trouble imagining anyone saying that about me 50 days after my death. Except, maybe, about the previous sentence.

Just a few weeks ago, this news flashed through cyberspace: Scientists have determined that Einstein's principle of the constancy of the speed of light is still a reliable guide to reality.

"What Einstein worked out with a pencil and paper nearly a century ago continues to hold up to scientific scrutiny," said Floyd Stecker of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

That pencil and piece of paper should be in one of the Smithsonian museums in Washington. Maybe it is, though I was there a couple of months ago and didn't see them. I did, however, see the red shoes Judy Garland wore in "The Wizard of Oz." This was the second time in my life that I've seen those shoes in person. I'm tired of them, though I bet light reflects off of them at the speed of light.

Stecker and some colleagues observed high-energy gamma rays to figure out that, once more, Einstein knew his stuff. Their work required them to test such concepts as the "Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle" and the "Lorentz Invariance." I'm uncertain and at variance about how to explain them to you, so I'll let you look them up.

Other recent scientific work indicated Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was right in predicting that the gravitational pull of a massive body (no, not Shaq) can behave like a lens that bends and distorts light coming from a distant object.

A team from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey reported that light from a quasar split into four separate images because of this "gravitational lensing" effect.

This kind of confirmation has become so routine that I have almost ceased to be amazed by the amazing Einstein. Even something he once called his biggest blunder — a fudge factor he dreamed up (and then later abandoned) to help explain the expansion of the universe — turned out, decades after his death, to be right.

Einstein's birthday is March 14. Plan to toast him then — unless, of course, it interferes with your celebration of the 171st birthday that day of America's first female dentist, Lucy Hobbs Taylor. Or unless the speed of light slows to a crawl.

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