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7 The fall of physics: the principle of relativity

Monday, April 12th, 2010

After 1900, physics went one way and the rest of science went another. Biology and the earth sciences continued to reason mechanistically. Today, we know far more about the processes that create and affect life, and the planet we live on, than we could ever have dreamed of even a hundred years ago. In these disciplines, when we create new models, when we interrogate ideas, when we decide what to designate as understanding, our analysis is determinedly deterministic.

The incredible intellectual successes of plate tectonics, evolution and the means of inheritance are avowedly all about the mechanism rather than the mathematics. In physics, it is quite the other way about. Newton’s gravitational force still (more…)