benj

2014-08-26 23:13:44 UTC

Back before everyone began to worship Einstein's sphincter science and

invention, especially IMPORTANT inventions and science that greatly

changed the way every one lives and looks at the world, used to hold up

the practical persistence of Edison and the brilliant inspiration of

Tesla as examples.

But then came Einstein and everything changed. Suddenly the measure of

science was not how practical you could make it in everyone's life but

rather how incomprehensible you could make it. The bigger the snow job,

the "higher" and "more advanced" the science was thought to be. The

measure of a scientist was no longer their discoveries of how Nature

worked as in the 19th century days of "Natural Philosophers" but rather

how obscure your mathematical derivations were. Science turned on it's

head.

And oddly Einstein himself took the opposite viewpoint asserting that

advanced physics could be explained to a barmaid if you understood it.

Professor Armstrong of Columbia University wrote about this in an article:

"The student picking up a textbook... does not get this picture. He

finds, instead a series of mathematical expressions almost totally

divorced from any basis of physical reasoning. He gets the impression

that he must learn to think in terms of trigonometrical functions, reams

of calculations and tables of all sorts. Nothing could be more

fantastic... the impression has been created that in some magical way

invention is connected a bewildering maze of symbols and curves."

Thank you Einstein! And you see it here in a host of paul drapers and

others worshiping Albert's sphincter and assuring everyone that science

is really all about a semantic debate over words and that mathematics is

more real than reality.

invention, especially IMPORTANT inventions and science that greatly

changed the way every one lives and looks at the world, used to hold up

the practical persistence of Edison and the brilliant inspiration of

Tesla as examples.

But then came Einstein and everything changed. Suddenly the measure of

science was not how practical you could make it in everyone's life but

rather how incomprehensible you could make it. The bigger the snow job,

the "higher" and "more advanced" the science was thought to be. The

measure of a scientist was no longer their discoveries of how Nature

worked as in the 19th century days of "Natural Philosophers" but rather

how obscure your mathematical derivations were. Science turned on it's

head.

And oddly Einstein himself took the opposite viewpoint asserting that

advanced physics could be explained to a barmaid if you understood it.

Professor Armstrong of Columbia University wrote about this in an article:

"The student picking up a textbook... does not get this picture. He

finds, instead a series of mathematical expressions almost totally

divorced from any basis of physical reasoning. He gets the impression

that he must learn to think in terms of trigonometrical functions, reams

of calculations and tables of all sorts. Nothing could be more

fantastic... the impression has been created that in some magical way

invention is connected a bewildering maze of symbols and curves."

Thank you Einstein! And you see it here in a host of paul drapers and

others worshiping Albert's sphincter and assuring everyone that science

is really all about a semantic debate over words and that mathematics is

more real than reality.