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Why did Einstein admire Wolfgang Pauli?

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Marielle Sabbag

Marielle Sabbag

Marielle Sabbag
Marielle Sabbag

Answered Feb 05, 2019

Wolfgang Pauli was Albert Einstien’s idol and vice-versa. Whenever he was bored in one of his classes Paili pulled out Einstien’s Theory of Relativity. Pauli even influencing many of his own ideas that Einstien would create later in his life. However, although Pauli was known to be as great as Einstien he did not attain Einstien’s greatness. When Pauli was asked to review Albert Einstien’s review on the theory of relativity, he did not hesitate.

Wolfgang Pauli was Albert Einstien’s idol and vice-versa. Whenever he was bored in one of his

Einstein admired Wolfgang Pauli for his chapter on special and general relativity in the Encyclopedia of Mathematical Sciences. Upon reading Pauli’s review on his own theory, Einstien was taken aback when learning the scientist's young age. A few comments he made regarding Pauli's theory were its 'development of ideas, sureness of mathematical deduction and profound physical insight.' Arguably, if either being didn’t exist we can only assume that we wouldn’t have Einstien and Pauli’s greatest theories, discoveries, or written works today.

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Bobby Rickets

Bobby Rickets

Bobby Rickets
Bobby Rickets, Content Reviewer

Answered Jan 31, 2019

It may be that Einstein came across Pauli much earlier than 1920 because the two will have moved in the same rather small circles of scientists but Einstein must have been impressed by the fact that Pauli taught himself the theory of relativity which was new at the time. He wrote his first paper on this at the age of 18 before he had even started his physics course at Munich university.

It may be that Einstein came across Pauli much earlier than 1920 because the two will have moved in

Then in 1921 he published a witty review of the theory of relativity that he wrote for the prestigious Encyclopaedia of Mathematical Sciences in Germany, for which Einstein publicly praised him. Pauli is known for his brilliance in the fields of quantum physics and more extensively around the subject. Plus his relationship with Jung, who was his psychoanalyst after two tragedies, meant he developed interests in psychology and philosophy as well as theoretical physics. Pauli was later called the “conscience of physics” for his critical insights

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