I saw a TV-lecture about Einstein yesterday.
It was a mixture of theories and short movie-clips.
Relativity was not explained clearly.
It was very chaotic and left each spectator dumbfounded.
It also said that the resistance against Einstein were only the Nazis.
While the spectators were impressed, it appeared to me as pure propaganda.
Nobody had learned anything.
You have to believe these theories that you can "never comprehend",
because you are never as smart as Einstein.
Not because they were explained so badly.
And if you are doubting Einstein, then you are a Nazi.
The lecture also told why this was:
And Germany was a scientifically very advanced state.
But due to the tensions, Einstein had fled Germany.
And he was immediately given an important place at a University.
He was also made very popular in many newspapers.
So it seems to me that this scientific promotion was not due to
his scientific results, but due to the propaganda machine that
made the UK and US ready for another war.
It had nothing to do with science.
Another related link:
The only thing that baffled Einstein was his own popularity
"Einstein’s War: How Relativity Triumphed Amid the Vicious Nationalism of World War I"
"No Shadow of a Doubt: The 1909 Eclipse that Confirmed Einstein’s Theory of Relativity"
(where is the actual down-to-earth science?)
More political history:
Here is a talk about the history of World War 1, and how its
real history was destroyed to hide who really had created
History Is Written By The Winners
I think that the same propaganda machine has promoted Einstein to god-status.
And did later the same with Feynmann and Hawkins.