Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Again, Albert

It's Albert Einstein's  birthday again. His 135th.

I make mention of it because my Happy Birthday, Albert post of last march is this blog's third most popular post ever. And this is a fishing blog. Makes you think. Which is altogether fitting.

I am hereby designating the month of March, now and in perpetuity, as Einstein Steelhead Energy and Mass Relativity Month. All efforts in that month to catch Steelhead, the Nobel Prize of fish, will be dedicated to the genius of Albert Einstein.

According to Andrew Zimmerman Jones and Daniel Robbins in String Theory for Dummies (no slouches themselves, I'm sure, in the brain department; just writing "for dummies" until the world finally recognizes their own massive genius) Einstein's genius can be described thusly:

The genius of Einstein's discoveries is that he looked at the experiments and assumed the findings were true. This was the exact opposite of what other physicists seemed to be doing. Instead of assuming the theory was correct and that the experiments failed, he assumed that the experiments were correct and the theory had failed.

That, I submit, is the secret to successful Steelhead angling.

As if that weren't enough, it is Einstein who proved scientifically that a Steelhead (mass) can be caught by a fisherman (energy, or the other way around) moving at a constant speed relative to each other (the relative motion) by proving that "matter can be turned into energy and energy can be turned into matter because a fundamental connection exists between the two types of substance."

There it is. Remember that when you're making your one thousandth or two thousandth cast.

But what I really like about the man is that he had the genius to say such things as this:

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity
in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."

That I can understand. And, coincidentally, that is why I fish. Happy birthday, Albert.

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