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Did Einstein discover E = mc2

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    Posted: 28 Feb 2015 at 12:43

Did Einstein discover E = mc2

"Who discovered that E = mc2? It's not as easy a question as you might think. Scientists ranging from James Clerk Maxwell and Max von Laue to a string of now-obscure early 20th-century physicists have been proposed as the true discovers of the mass–energy equivalence now popularly credited to Einstein's theory of special relativity. These claims have spawned headlines accusing Einstein of plagiarism, but many are spurious or barely supported. Yet two physicists have now shown that Einstein's famous formula does have a complicated and somewhat ambiguous genesis – which has little to do with relativity."

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2011/aug/23/did-einstein-discover-e-equals-mc-squared


First I want to say I'm a great admirer of Einstein and it is hard to imagine a greater genius.  One thing that has always troubled me however is the lack of acknowledgement of the contributions of his peers and predecessors.  Einstein did not come up with his theories out of thin air despite the fact that some of his more metaphysical ramblings may give that impression.  I think is a shame that his legacy does not include more explanation of how the contributions of other allowed him to make his great discoveries.  The true coevolution of nature and nurture seems to just now be becoming fashionable despite what Pinker calls the long history of the "blank slate" academic culture.    

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Here is another quote from the article.

"However, the controversies that have been previously aroused over the issue of priority perhaps account for some of the reluctance of historians of physics to comment when contacted by physicsworld.com."

When ever have tried to research the train of thought for the tittle I'm amazed at how many crazy, fundamentalist, neo nazi, and run of the mill crazy people are attracted to this issue.

Einstein deserves the credit for what he did and I'm not interested in disputing that, what interests me is the politics within the scientific community that obscures the history.    
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