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March 6th, 2013, 07:33 PM  #1 
Member Joined: Jan 2013 Posts: 37 Thanks: 0  about this mathematician and this physicist
Remember not long ago, I posted a thread, titled "I don't fully agree someone about proof and computer." The same guy that I mentioned in that thread met me again. This time, he said that Einstein knew ALL the Physics and Gauss knew ALL the Mathematics. I haven't read any biography about them. I do know that they were geniuses and developed many advanced theories. I am just wondering whether it is possible for anyone to know everything in a particular science. 
March 6th, 2013, 07:56 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2009 From: Northwest Arkansas Posts: 2,766 Thanks: 4  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist
I think the idea is that the proper answer to "can anyone know ALL of mathematics" is "NOT ANYMORE". Some say that Gauss is the last mathematician to have known all of discovered math (up until that point in time). 
March 6th, 2013, 08:06 PM  #3 
Math Team Joined: Mar 2012 From: India, West Bengal Posts: 3,871 Thanks: 86 Math Focus: Number Theory  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist
Gauss didn't know what we didn't know in mathematics. Hence, he can't know everything in mathematics 
March 6th, 2013, 08:42 PM  #4  
Math Team Joined: Oct 2011 From: Ottawa Ontario, Canada Posts: 8,466 Thanks: 575  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist Quote:
Someone who sits back while others do the work, then decides how the work should have been done?  
March 7th, 2013, 06:04 AM  #5  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 932 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist Quote:
* I've even heard someone claim, generously, that G. H. Hardy was the last example.  
March 7th, 2013, 11:09 AM  #6 
Math Team Joined: Aug 2012 From: Sana'a , Yemen Posts: 1,177 Thanks: 44 Math Focus: Theory of analytic functions  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist
I know all Mathematics , try asking me any question .. Condition : the question can be easily googled ... 
March 7th, 2013, 12:34 PM  #7  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 932 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist Quote:
 
March 7th, 2013, 12:45 PM  #8  
Math Team Joined: Aug 2012 From: Sana'a , Yemen Posts: 1,177 Thanks: 44 Math Focus: Theory of analytic functions  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist Quote:
 
March 7th, 2013, 05:35 PM  #9 
Math Team Joined: Apr 2012 Posts: 1,579 Thanks: 22  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist
When people say that, eg, Leibniz knew everything known at his time, that's already a ridiculous overstatement. He for sure didn't know whether some obscure Amazonian language had an inclusive vs exclusive distinction in the first person plural, but speakers of the language in question did, even if they wouldn't express that knowledge that way. At best, these enormously learned people knew all of what was considered the general knowledge of their day, but I suspect even that is false unless you make what counts as general knowledge so basic that it is a whole lot less impressive. But even ignoring these concerns, these claims are only even sort of plausible for people who lived when a whole lot less is known than is known today. So it's as much a statement about how little was known in those days as it is about how much these people knew. The guy making these pronouncements sounds like a babbling fool. 
March 7th, 2013, 09:03 PM  #10 
Member Joined: Jan 2013 Posts: 37 Thanks: 0  Re: about this mathematician and this physicist
Does anyone have any comments on Einstein? I have not read anything about him. Did he really know all the Physics?


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