Naresh Dadhich , Inter University Center for Astronomy and
Astrohysics, Pune , INDIA
Why Einstein (Had I been born in 1844!)?
In his monumental discoveries, the driving force for Einstein was, I
believe, consistency of concept and principle rather than conflict
with experiment. In this spirit, I would like to look at the journey
from the classical to the relativistic world as a simple and direct
exercise first in recognition of universal character of universal
entities and then carrying out the universalization. By this process
not only the relativistic world follows most naturally but I would
like to conjecture that if Einstein were born in 1844 (or had I been
born in 1844 and had followed this line of thought as I do now!) it
would have in fact been predicted including existence of a wave with
universal constant velocity. That would have indeed been not
only the greatest but most amazing and remarkable
feat of human thought.
Beating further on the same track of principle and concept driven ideas, we
ponder over to see beyond Einstein, and ask the questions: in how many
dimensions does gravity live, how many basic forces are there in
nature and what are the basic building blocks of space-time?