Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Was Einstein wrong, and does anyone notice or care?

Many amateur ‘scientists’ love to say that Einstein (or some other giant) was wrong. That, as an attempt to tap off fame from rightly famous people. I call it grave robbing, although not all victims are always dead.

I hope that what I do is not that. But, I let you be the judge of that.

I’m going to discuss the upper 11-minute popular-science clip. I find the presenter very clear in many of her clips. And the three mistakes I claim she made are not hers. Almost all physicists I read about this make them.

Firstly, the pollen don’t zigzag! If you observe every x seconds, the line zigzags, but motions between the observation points are quite smooth. And, in this simplified model, you can’t see spins and vertical movements.

Secondly, most physicists speak about the microscopic world when they mean the sub-microscopic world. You should not.

Thirdly, she sidesteps the problematic idea that, if Brownian motion is truly random, the much larger pollen would never move, since forces opposite each other would equal out. Einstein volunteered a solution to that. He proposed that: “the liquid molecules near the surface of the pollen particle move in an atypical fashion; that is, a group of molecules get bunched together in a tight little package and, like a convoy of trucks, they all move together in the same direction directly toward a small region on the surface of the suspended particle.” No one proved this. And, this ad-hoc postulation is unnecessary and probably wrong. Why do I think so?

First of all, because of the second law of thermodynamics. The random water molecule bombardment won’t always exactly cancel each other out.

Plus, the ‘problem’ is based on a false assumption. It is untrue that the tiny water molecules must have enormous power to make the pollen move. The water molecules and pollen always are moving! There’s no inertia that the pollen need to overcome. Particles in motion only need to be pushed to divert their course, not to start moving. The false image of the (non-existing) zigzag movement probably helped ground this false assumption. Or, maybe also calling the beginning of measuring t=0 with a speed=0. It’s now even called pedesis, Ancient Greek for leaping. I’d prefer rolling.

I’ve tried to find these three mistakes in the, for me, highly sophisticated Wikipedia article about this. And this is what I found.

“[T]he assumption that on average occurs an equal number of collisions from the right as from the left falls apart once the particle is in motion.” And, “even though there are equal probabilities for forward and backward collisions there will be a net tendency to keep the Brownian particle in motion, just as the ballot theorem predicts.” Just as I thought.

BTW: Einstein had done away with belief in Free Will and even saw time as relative. This conveniently obliterated any need for anger toward others and rationale to feel guilty oneself. Which must have come in handy when he ignored his first wife, in two ways. He hid that she did all the calculus for ‘his’ four 1905 Annus Mirabilis papers. And he had a secret mistress.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. He, therefore, wanted a broad bio that readers interested can track a bit about what (lack of) backgrounds, experiences, and education contribute to his visions. * To find less-recent posts on subject XXX among his over 1600 archived ones, go to the right-top corner of a Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". One can find a second, wilder blog, to which one may subscribe, here: * Like most of his readers, he believes in being friendly, respectful, and loyal. Yet, if you think those are his absolute top priorities, you might end up disappointed. His first loyalty is to the truth. He will try to stay within the limits of democratic and Jewish law, but he won't lie to support opinions or people who don't deserve that. He admits that he sometimes exaggerates to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * Sometimes he's misunderstood because his wide and diverse field of vision seldomly fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what some love about him. He has written a lot about Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (including basic statistics), Politics (Israel, the US, and the Netherlands, Activism), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA+, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust, and Jewish Liberation), the Climate Crisis, Ecology and Veganism, Affairs from the news, or the Torah Portion of the Week, or new insights that suddenly befell him. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim, Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, and disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed. He aims to bring a fresh perspective rather than harp on the obvious and familiar. He loves to write encyclopedic overviews. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds should be disputed. In short, his main political positions are among others: anti-Trumpism, anti-elitism, anti-bigotry and supremacy, for Zionism, Intersectionality, and non-violence, anti those who abuse democratic liberties, anti the fake ME peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, pro-Science, pro-Free Will, anti-blaming-the-victim, and for down-to-earth, classical optimism, and happiness. * He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to parents who were Dutch-Jewish Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork. He grew up a humble listener. It took him decades to become a speaker too. Bullies and con artists almost instantaneously envy and hate him. * He holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam) – is half a doctor. He practices Re-evaluation Co-counseling since 1977, is not an official teacher anymore, and became a friendly, empowering therapist. He became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids non-violently. For a couple of years, he was active in hasbara to the Dutch-speaking public. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's being a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. He lives with his library in Jerusalem. Feel free to contact him. * His writing has been made possible by a (second-generation) Holocaust survivors' allowance from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having an original peek outside of your cultural bubble.
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