Sunday, April 10, 2005

Update: misunderstanding relativity

Jay Richards now blames Jim Holt for misleading him:

"Holt claimed (as have other science writers) that Einstein showed that time is a fiction."

Holt actually wrote quite clearly. "Einstein proved that time, as it had been understood by scientist and layman alike, was a fiction." and argues, as well as is possible in a brief magazine article, that "there is no universal now". It is obvious from his comments that Jay Richard did not understand the point about simultaneity. "Right now, my wife is doing something at home. She's doing it right now even though I don't know what it is she's doing."

I don't think Jay Richards understands enough to criticize Jim Holt's article. The polite thing for him to do would be to apologize to Jim Holt.

Just my opinion.