On Wednesday, 9 December 2015 at 07:12:06 UTC, Tony wrote:
One thing that comes to mind to refute the contention that
senescence would be insignificant at the age of 50 is notable
If we were to list the mathematical and scientific discoveries
of the past - like calculus and theory of relativity, etc. -
how many would have been done by someone at the age of 50 or
older? How many milestones in computing history were achieved
by someone 50 or older? How many were done by someone over 40?
And I think most of the aging process isn't even quality (what
would most impact notable discovery) - it's quantity (that is,
slower clock cycle). And companies probably have more concerns
about quantity of thought than quality.
There has been a significant prime number discovery made by a 50+
guy on prime number recently (on the spacing pattern between
them). I can't recall his name.
Alleged inventor of bitcoin is 44 years old. It is not 50+ but it
is much closer than 25.
Ivan Godard, behind the Mill is more than 60.
I thin what you are looking at here is that youngster are more
willing to take risk. When Einstein say that time is relative and
ether doesn't exists, that mass and energy is that same thing and
that energy exchange is quantized, he takes the risk of looking
like a fool big time. But he has no reputation to loose, and he
has no involvement in existing theories.
Later in life, either you were not talented and most likely not
made it, or you were talented and busy capitalizing and what you
Later in his life, he is going to deny quatum physics, not
because he has gone mad, but because the more you invest into
something (relativity in his case) the harder it is to let go.
That's due to cognitive dissonance.