Re: Theos-World Absract Thought
Nov 14, 2000 11:57 AM
by Eugene Carpenter
How does this webpage relate?
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At 09:45 AM 11/14/00 -0800,
This is a
beautiful epiloque by Roger G. Newton from his 1993 Harvard published
book, WHAT MAKES NATURE TICK.
He seems to have written a wonderful book explaining the mathematical
essence of modern physics for those who seem to be outside looking intothe
field. The epiloque is good evidence that one can speak from the heart
using language forms that scientists understand and without resort to the
symbolic language of "esoterics".
In thisbook we
have explored some parts of the elaborate structure of physics built bythe
imagination of many scientists in the course of the last 400 years.
Although this structure has an impressive, if imperfect coherence, it should
not be considered as a revelation of the ultimate "truth" about
Science is not holy
scripture, nor do its practitioners consider themselves priests protecting a
glittering grail, forever unchanging and pure. What drives scientists
on is the thirst to UNDERSTAND more than to USE(capitals are mine, EC)
nature, to build rather that to exploit a comprehensible
The future will, no
doubt, bring many surprises, revealing some of our present ideas to be
flawed or incomplete, but science must be a contiinuing activity; once its
creativity is exhausted, our civilization will crumble and and we will
return to the dark ages. It cannot be sustained by technological
ingenuity alone or by a routine search for and classification of more and
more observations and phenomena.
I have endeavored to demonstrate that science, at the most
fundamental level, is very far from being merely an efficient enumeration of
experimental facts and empirical rules, nor is its structure simply
determined by induction from observations. To think of it only asan
orderly collection of intriguing and useful bits of information is to
misunderstand its cultural value and its fascination altogether.
Science is, in fact, an intricate edifice erected from complex, imaginative
designs in which esthetics is a more powerful incentive than utility.
Beauty, finally, comprises its greatest intellectual
This seems a good example
of someone who's abstract mind is alive and well and living in Roger
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