Posts Tagged ‘Planck’

24 Model

Friday, December 10th, 2010

There are two elements to this book, and it is important to distinguish between them.

The first is a detailed deconstruction and criticism of current theory. It has been taken as read that modern physics theory is complex and mathematical, and we have suggested that this is partly but not solely the cause of its unintelligibility. The case we have argued is that modern physics, from around 1905 onwards, is literally incoherent, containing fundamental conflicts in its ideas and theories, and that this runs much more deeply than the acknowledged bifurcation of theory post 1900. Most damagingly, there are significant elements of this that amount to a basic rejection of scientific methodology. (more…)

4 Light

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

The current model for the nature of light is one of those areas of modern physics where obfuscation is an integral part of the definition.

Light has the properties of a wave. It reflects and refracts. One of Newton’s arguments against the wave nature of light was that waves were known to bend around obstacles, while light travelled only in straight lines. This is the common observation that shadows are not entirely black.

Yet Newton’s contemporary Huygens[i] created wave theory in 1678 by (more…)

3 Good and Bad Science

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

For one hundred years the ideas of physics have proved resilient to a structured, rigorous approach. Indeed, for at least the past half-century lecturers have in the main encouraged new students of physics to by-pass such analysis when it conflicts with established theory, and they even talk positively of ‘suspension of disbelief’. But leaving one’s critical faculties at the door is no way to do science.

How science works and what it can achieve at its very best is seen in the work of Darwin, who took on the fundamental metaphysical truth of his age – that humans beings and their most private desires are beyond the ken of science – and won. He saw with clarity a most important fact about the inheritance of characteristics and then subjected his ideas to detailed testing.

For some it is a heresy to suggest that human beings evolved from the primordial slime, but the scientific evidence and argument is overwhelming. Darwin showed us more than our distant ancestry; he demonstrated that science is capable of producing other than a succession of passing theories. It can, and in the case of evolution does, uncover a deep and enduring understanding.

The nature of truly successful science is also seen in Mendel, a painstaking experimental scientist (more…)