@Dale E Hayes,
Dale E Hayes wrote:
Do you think Einsteins Theory of Relativity was his best riddle?
No, Einstein's theory of relativity wasn't his best riddle. It wasn't a riddle at all. It was a solution to riddles that would have been unsolvable without it. Some of those riddles are
- why can nothing travel faster than lightspeed?
- When an observer sees a second observer move at a certain speed v, and the second observer switches on a light, and the second observer observes the light travel at lightspeed c, why does the first observer also observe the light travelling at c? Why not c+v?
- Why does Mercury not travel the sun in a closed ellipsis, like every other planet does?
In addition, Einsten's theory of relativity has answered numerous hard riddles before experimenters had even thought of asking them:
- Why do heavy bodies like the sun refract the light from distant stars as much as they do?
- Why does time itself run slower in a high-gravity enviornent?
So no, Einstein's theory of relativity wasn't his greatest riddle, or even a riddle at all. But it was a pretty awesome solution.