Saturday, January 27, 2007

Barack Obama didn't discover general relativity

Dozens of TV channels and internet servers, for example the Boston Channel, informed their audiences and readers about the following:
  • Obama analyzed and integrated Einstein's theory of relativity, the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, as well as the concept of curved space as an alternative to gravity, for a Law Review article that Tribe wrote titled, "The Curvature of Constitutional Space."
Well, I understand that certain activists are thrilled with the idea of a black president but I would recommend them not to write these articles that present Mr. Obama as a combination of Jesus Christ and Isaac Newton because they underestimate the intelligence of the Americans who will surely recognize that the information is nonsensical.

The reality is that the concept of curved space as an alternative to Newton's laws of gravity was discovered by Albert Einstein, not Barack Obama, and even the (scientifically meaningless) 1989 article "The Curvature of Constitutional Space" with 3 citations wasn't written by Barack Obama. Obama is one of six people - together with Prof Gerald Holton of Harvard University - who is being thanked in a footnote of this article written by Laurence Tribe.

You just can't say that Obama who is not a co-author has "integrated" these things as soon as such a misinformation becomes politically convenient. I urge Barack Obama to publicly correct this error.


  1. Obama does not have a chance because of his Muslim history.

    In any case there has been a lot of flurry on retrocausality in the media that got me thinking about that issue once more. I suspended belief and for a few brief moments on champagne thought I really had it. But I was wrong ...

    OK folks I woke up this morning realizing why my particular scheme without the coincidence circuit won't work. Very simple, same reason as usual. The noise from the receiver photons entangled with those sender photons that are absorbed by the stencil barriers will destroy the local signal. Of course, in the usual way of nonlocal interferometry the signal can be reconstructed after the fact with a proper design using data transmitted from the sender in the usual way. The only other loop hole would be if there were advanced EM signals, but if there were we would not have to go to all this trouble.

    On Jan 28, 2007, at 4:11 PM, Jack Sarfatti wrote:
    now online is a bigger file with references, illustrations and some more corrections and clarifications. This file will be continually updated expanded clarified and will be presented at Quantum Mind Conference in Salzburg and at the ISST Time Conference in Montery in summer 2007.

  2. instapundit noticed that. He links to a devastating rebuttal by an actual physicist:

    Crackpot physics

    All we get is the abstract, wich ends with:

    "Tribe's politics is, like his physics, profoundly reactionary, replacing unalterable law with the ever changing personal preferences of judges. As I shall demonstrate, the recent Boumedienne vs. Bush decision is a particularly egregious example of such replacement. Furthermore, Tribe's main books on Constitutional law are adversely influenced by his bad physics."