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Re: The Faith That Underpins Science

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 22:55:26 +0100
Archived: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 07:16:41 -0400
Subject: Re: The Faith That Underpins Science

>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 13:55:08 +0100
>Subject: Re: The Faith That Underpins Science

>>From: Steve Sawyer <stevesaw.nul>
>>To: <post.nul>
>>Date: Tue, 10 Aug 2010 01:15:01 -0700
>>Subject: The Faith That Underpins Science

>>The Faith That Underpins Science:
>>New Scieantist


>If he was completely truthful he'd admit that even basic science
>isn't founded on secure `knowledge'. Although Darwin, and most
>others once thought that gravity - based on `gravitational
>mass' - ruled the universe

BTW - in case anyone's wondering about that apparently
incongruous mention of Darwin w.r.t physics; in the final
paragraphs of 'Origin of Species' he was a bit rhapsodic: "There
is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers,
having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms
or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on
according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a
beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have
been, and are being evolved."

Fairly obviously the earlier much-hyped 'discovery' of a "Law of
Gravity" still resonated for Darwin, although there is no such
`Law', merely a mathematical description which had been known
about well before Newton's claims. Inertia is equally mysterious
and still a no-go area for science.

"The reason why things coast for ever has never been found out.
The law of inertia has no known origin"
p. 19

"... but what is gravity?"
p. 33

"there is no model of the theory of gravitation today, other than
the mathematical form."
p. 39

Richard P. Feynman `The Character of Physical Law'


Ray D

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