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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-21-06 09:54 AM
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48. Doesn't prove anything
The cliche in mathematics and closely-related subjects is that 'mathematics is a young person's subject'. On the whole, the really original ideas and proofs in mathematics and mathematical physics are produced by people under the age of 45 or so. There are some very notable exceptions, but, in general, while mathematicians and physicists may continue to have very solid research careers into old age, they rarely produce the true sparks of genius beyond youth. (This is not the case for most other research areas.) Therefore, Einstein's failure to achieve so phenomenally beyond a certain age is to be expected, and not suspicious in any way.
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