Up Against Physicists Who Are Einsteinian Iconlaters
Published: November 8, 2010

In the American and European physics communities, the German born – American theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1874- 1955) is generally regarded as an “icon.” By this, I mean that he is honored with a relative worship. I call the physicists who regard him as an icon “Einsteinian iconolaters.” These physicists generally think that Einstein was the greatest genius that has ever lived. They believe that his theory of Relativity, especially the part called the theory of Special Relativity, is the only possible true fundamental theory of the universe and feel scorn for any who challenges it. When this theory was first published in 1905, it was said that it could be understood by only a dozen or so scientists in the whole world! I argue that no one understood the theory, not even Einstein himself.

Even today, no scientist understands the theory. I argue that this is because the theory makes no sense. It says that matter can be changed to energy and vice versa, which cannot be done. The theory is best known in the form of the equation E=mc2 (E = energy; m = mass; c2 = the speed of light squared), which Einstein claims shows that mass and energy are equivalent, and that (since energy is equal to mass multiplied by the speed of light squared) a very small amount of matter can be converted into a large amount of energy. This claim is fatally flawed, because, for example, a tiny gram of matter that makes up the over 100 elements of nature, except for a few, cannot be converted into a large amount energy (heat), but the Einsteinian iconolaters who teach in the major American and European universities and are the heads of physics departments, and who control the careers of the other physics professors, and also those who dominate or control the editorial departments of the major science journals, have managed to keep the above flaw in Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity hidden.

In private, many physicists say that Einstein was not as big a genius as many people believe; some say that he was no genius at all. As the American engineer and cosmologist William C. Mitchell explains, “Albert Einstein has been publicized as the greatest genius that ever lived. He undoubtedly was very smart, but perhaps not the smartest ever. His 4-dimentional space-time came from German mathematician Bernard Riemann and others, with the help of mathematician Marcel Grossman.

  1. His photon particles of radiation came from Max Planck.
  2. His transformations came directly from Lorentz.
  3. Althought later rejected by him, his early ideas regarding matter in space were based on Mach’s Principle.
  4. The equivalence of mass and energy was, based on the work of Lebedev and others.
  5. He needed much help with his mathematics.
  6. He was unable to solve his own equations of General Relativity; later solved by Friedmann.

Of course, those sorts of statements might be made about many innovative scientists. What is incorrect is the label of “the greatest genius that ever lived.” I submit that Isaac Newton, discoverer of the laws of gravity and inventor of calculus, for one, was a greater genius. Both Special and General Relativity are far from proven scientific fact.”1

In 2007, I published a book entitled “The End of pseudo-Science” in which I proved that Einstein’s Special and General Relativity theories are false, using the theory of Atomism. I offered a correct equation E= w/t (E= energy, or activity; w= work; t= time) to replace his incorrect equation E=mc2. In reality, energy equals work divided by time. No Einsteinian iconolater has refuted my equation. Neither has any Einsteinian iconolater refuted my evidence against Einstein’s Special and General Relativity theories.

In my opinion, the physicists who are Einsteinian iconolaters are enemies of science. Science is suppose to be a human activity dedicated to the discovery of scientific truth, not the worship of icons and protection of their theories.

There is something very important to understand about scientific truth, or knowledge. It, like all other human knowledge, has a hierarchial structure. In judging a given scientist’s theory of nature, we must as the Russian born- American philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982) would say: “Look – first and above all else− at its fundamentals. If the foundation does not, neither will anything else.”2 Let every student of physics and chemistry understand that the foundation of true physics and chemistry, as proved by the theory of Atomism, is this: “Nothing can be created out of nothing (the non-existent), and nothing can be destroyed into nothing.” Other fundamentals of this are:

  1. The universe has always existed and always will exist.
  2. The universe is made up of matter and void; there is nothing else.
  3. Matter is anything that takes up, or occupies, space, has mass, and reacts to gravity.
  4. The void is pure empty space or nothingness. It’s the opposite of matter.
  5. Matter and the void together form the universe.
  6. The void possesses no qualities whatever, no powers, no energy, no potentiality, no tangibility in any way.
  7. The void has no ability to affect the matter moving through it.
  8. All matter is made up of atoms and void.
  9. Atoms are the smallest particles of matter that can exist; the ultimate and smallest division of matter.
  10. All matter can be divided into tiny particles that cannot be further divided. These the Atomists call “atoms.”(The word “atom” comes from the Greek word atomos, meaning “uncuttable” or “indivisible”. If the description of a particle does not fit this definition of an atom, it cannot be an atom.)
  11. One of the most fundamental properties of atoms is gravity.
  12. The gravitational interaction between atoms ultimately causes all the different phenomena in nature.
  13. Being the ultimate and smallest division of matter, atoms are absolutely solid particles; they always act as wholes.
  14. Since it is impossible for atoms to come into existence out of nothing or pass away into nothing, they are eternal and indestructible, and also immutable.
  15. Atoms are the ultimate instruments of nature’s work.
  16. Atoms are in perpetual rapid motion, at equal speed, and possess a certain original momentum that can be transferred to other atoms by impact.
  17. Atoms are the primary things from nature forms, increases, and sustains, and into which it again resolves them when they disintegrate or decay.
  18. Everything in the universe is made of atoms and nothing can exist which is non-atomic, except the void.
  19. Individual atoms travel faster through the void than the speed of light, which is an aggregate of atoms.
  20. Atoms slow down when they gravitate and aggregate to form objects.
  21. The ever-shifting arrangement of atoms in the void of the universe is the ultimate reality behind all appearances, or phenomena.
  22. All changes in matter are the result of atoms moving and combining in different ways.
  23. The whole of nature can be understood by describing the properties and interactions of atoms.

I challenge the Einsteinian iconolaters to contrast the fundamentals of Einstein’s theory of Relativity with the those of the theory of Atomism to determine which theory is a true or false theory of the nature of the universe. Keep in mind that a scientific theory is a reasonable explanation of a set of related observations. Also, keep in mind that there is no such thing as a mathematical observation; mathematics has no physical content and does.


  1. William C. Mitchell, Bye Bye Big Bang:Hello Reality (Carson City, Nevada: Cosmic Sense Books, 2002), p. 357.
  2. Ayn Rand, Philosophy: Who Needs It (New York: Signet Books, 1982), p. 12.