I mean the word proof not in the sense of the lawyers, who set two half proofs equal to a whole one, but in the sense of a mathematician, where half proof = 0, and it is demanded for proof that every doubt becomes impossible.
Light and matter are both single entities, and the apparent duality arises in the limitations of our language. It is not surprising that our language should be incapable of describing the processes occurring within the atoms, for, as has been remarked, it was invented to describe the experiences of daily life, and these consist only of processes involving exceedingly large numbers of atoms. Furthermore, it is very difficult to modify our language so that it will be able to describe these atomic processes, for words can only describe things of which we can form mental pictures, and this ability, too, is a result of daily experience. Fortunately, mathematics is not subject to this limitation, and it has been possible to invent a mathematical scheme — the quantum theory — which seems entirely adequate for the treatment of atomic processes; for visualisation, however, we must content ourselves with two incomplete analogies — the wave picture and the corpuscular picture.
If any philosopher had been asked for a definition of infinity, he might have produced some unintelligible rigmarole, but he would certainly not have been able to give a definition that had any meaning at all.
Science is a dialogue between the free play of ideas — theorizing — and the harsh constraints of empiricism — experimental data. Theories are a lever, data are a fulcrum, and between them we can move the world.
I start here another tag more, blogs, where I’ll post stuff I find in blogs: thoughts, news, trivia, resources, etc… And is that blogs are today an important source of information, as valuable -or more in many cases- that the traditional communication channels.
How scientific communication is evolving in the age of the Internet
Interesting insights. In my opinion we can not ignore the potential of the Internet to streamline processes control science, not necessarily at the expense of peer-review, but as a (almost instantaneous) stage prior to it. arXiv.org is an example of this, and it works very well indeed.
There is nothing so practical as a good theory.