Complete Series Bundle RC: Science, Order and Creativity by David Bohm, F. David Peat

By David Bohm, F. David Peat

One of the main scientists and thinkers of our time, David Bohm labored along Oppenheimer and Einstein. In Science, Order and Creativity he and physicist F. David Peat suggest a go back to larger creativity and conversation within the sciences. They ask for a renewed emphasis on rules instead of formulae, probably instead of fragments, and on that means instead of mere mechanics. Tracing the heritage of technology from Aristotle to Einstein, from the Pythagorean theorem to quantum mechanics, the authors supply exciting new insights into how clinical theories come into being, find out how to put off blocks to creativity and the way technological know-how can result in a deeper figuring out of society, the human situation and the human brain itself. Science, Order and Creativity appears to the way forward for technological know-how with splendor, desire and exuberance.

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Yet mathematicians were able to show that the two theories, in fact, generated the same numerical results. It was clear that these alternative theories contained essentially “incommensurable” ideas: that matter is in its essence of a particle nature, or that it is of a wave nature. Scientists, however, tended to concentrate upon the mathematical aspects of the new theory and to pay less attention to the curious situation that two apparently unrelated notions of the constitution of matter were able to cover the same range of experience and with the same results.

Even a physicist as original as 7 8 science, order, and creativity H. Lorentz at the turn of the century continued to use these concepts in an effort to explain the constancy of the velocity of light, irrespective of the speed of the measuring apparatus. Newtonian notions of relative velocity suggested that the measurement of the speed of light should yield an experimental result that depended upon the speed of the observing apparatus relative to the light source. For example, if the apparatus moves rapidly toward the source of light, it would expect to register a higher speed than if it moved away.

From there on, calculations are used to compare theory with experiment, and explain in detail why all objects fall and yet some, like the moon, never reach the surface of the earth. It should be emphasized here that mathematics has now taken its proper place in the 21 22 science, order, and creativity theorizing, for without it, the comparison with experiment could hardly have been made. Moreover, mathematics makes detailed new predictions possible and even leads to new concepts when these ideas are applied in fresh contexts.

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