My point is he’s not on a par with Einstein, as some would have us believe.
Oh I agree. You're 100% correct on that.
But I've even read articles by some today's 'geniuses' where they diss Einstein too. Just because he didn't buy into Quantum Mechanics and they mock his 'God doesn't play dice' remark.
Speaking of 'old' Al ;-) I read an article from Sunday (a link from Slate) that those Italian Physicists did have a slight glitch with their Neutrino Experiment and it didn't go faster than 'C' as they claimed. Seems there was a teeny calibration problem with their equipment.
So Einstein still rules, 'C' is still 'The Law', and E=mc2 is correct.