Special Relativity was created by the Swiss Patent Office

Stands to reason, doesn’t it?

The WWW was created by someone working at Cern doodling some code in his spare time. We’re told that this means that Cern, ie government spending on science, created the World Wide Web.

special Relativity came when Einstein doodled some stuff in his spare time while working in the Swiss Patent Office.

This Special Relativity is the product of government spending upon intellecual property.

Stands to reason, dunnit?

24 thoughts on “Special Relativity was created by the Swiss Patent Office”

  1. Except that the Swiss patent office currently is, and I presume always has been, entirely funded by end-user fees. To the best of my information.

  2. I can go one better:

    The British Government is the best rock and roll band in the world.

    Mick Jagger was at the LSE.

    The LSE and Mick were both funded by the government

    Mick formed the Stones whilst at the LSE.

    The British Govt is the Stones.

  3. I never knew Special Relativity was a government project.
    Does it not operate on Sundays & Bank Holidays?

  4. If you don’t pay your taxes, the speed of light won’t remain constant and then where will the universe be? Eh?

  5. @ Matthew L
    The speed of light is not constant – it travels slower in water than in air and slower in air near sea level that in air near the top of the Swiss Alps. That is why relativity was invented by the *Swiss* Patent Office.

  6. So Much For Subtlety

    Matthew L – “If you don’t pay your taxes, the speed of light won’t remain constant and then where will the universe be? Eh?”

    Actually it is worse than that. If it had not been for this wasteful government project, we would never have discovered Relativity. And so we would be able to travel to the stars within my lifetime.

    Bloody government projects are not just wasteful misuses of taxpayers’ money, this one has also cut us off from colonising the Galaxy within a reasonable time frame. Ban government support for science!

  7. “.. If it had not been for this wasteful government project, we would never have discovered Relativity”
    It wasn’t discovered. Clue’s in the name. It was patented.
    The equation should read E=MC(tm)2

  8. Just as a Devil’s Advocaat thing, it’s worth noting that many companies lay claim to anything invented by their employees while working for them, hence people having to pretend their gran invented them, etc. Steve Wozniak was under such a contract when he invented the Apple 1, but HP weren’t interested in it, otherwise they’d have got the ownership of it.

    It’s a significant comparison. I don’t agree that the State invented the web, but if he’d worked for a corporation they might well have demanded ownership of it anyway.

    IIRC, the autcue was “invented by the mother of” a BBC engineer. Or that might be an Old Wives Tale.

  9. The WWW was created by someone working at Cern doodling some code in his spare time.

    “Spare” time? No such thing if you are on a salary or project fee and are working towards a work related project. (Or do you think he was being paid wages?)

    He was solving a problem that CERN faced. They funded him to do so. Therefore they helped create the web. Helped.

    If CERN had not been funding Werners-Lee to do his stuff, who else would have? Would any private company have done this and not kept it in-house, thereby preventing its rapid take-up? Google do lots of lovely stuff like this — and then very pointedly do NOT give it away.

  10. chester daws: you mean like google like giving away android for free or not allowing people to use their search engine for free? Thing is, the www is a network, thus it’s value is in people using it (the “network effect”). So even a commercial owner would still want as many people as possibly to use it. And no, the Internet is not free today, there are lots of companies and people (rightly) making a living off it. For you see, it requires consistent work and investment which in a normal world needs to be paid by someone

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