The scientific quest

Usually physics does not answer to the fundamental question: “Why?” This discipline organizes its activity on a cyclic procedure starting with observations and/or experiments, measurements, analysis including comparisons with similar existing situations, guessing the underlying mathematical law describing at best the measurements, testing the accuracy of the guess (interval of confidence), sometimes suggesting an ontological explanation but, merely, new experiments or/and observations the purpose of which being the optimizing of the proposed law or/and the incorporation of more observations into a unique corpus. So, physics does answer the question: “How does it work?”

 

This way of doing is a well-recognized protocol to stop endless metaphysical or esoteric discussions. A now classical illustration of that affirmation is the polemic debate on the existence of a luminiferous aether to which Morley’s and Michelson’s experiment [01, 1887] opposed its concrete “do not discuss further” stop. As it is known, the Lorentz transformations are the underlying mathematical law describing at best this experimental evidence. They have been integrated into A. Einstein’s theory of special relativity. They explain the complementarity between electricity and magnetism.

New era

The world has changed. Do we realize it? The West is no more the center of human activities. The majority of the population lives in Asia.

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Temple in Rajashtan

 

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