In his letter, the physicist and Nobel Prize winner argues about bees, birds, and the imminent emergence of new theories in science through the study of animal sensory behavior. This theory still underlies modern physics today, and the amount of research aimed at studying how birds and bees orient themselves in flight is growing every day. The Journal of Comparative Physiology writes in detail about the great scientist’s letter and his reasoning.
Previously unknown letter of Albert Einstein owned Judith Davis: the scientist wrote this message to her late husband, a specialist in radar research Glynn Davis.
In his message, the great physicist reflects on the fact that new discoveries in science can be made through research on the senses of animals. Einstein also writes about his private meeting with Nobel Prize winner Carl von Frisch, one of the leading experts in the study of the senses in bees.
In April 1949, von Frisch presented his work on how bees find their way using particles of light. The day after this event, Einstein and Frisch met in person. Although this private conversation has not yet been officially confirmed, a new letter from Einstein reveals its contents in detail.
“It is quite possible that the study of the behavior of migratory birds and homing pigeons may one day lead to an understanding of some physical processes not yet known,” Einstein wrote. Seventy years after that message was written, scientists’ investigations unravel the secrets of how migratory birds find their way across thousands of miles and reach their desired destination unmistakably.
One theory of the origin of birds’ magnetic “flair” is the use of quantum randomness and entanglement. Both of these physical concepts were first proposed by Einstein.