Sunday, 9 November 2003

Doc Freeman's weekly talks

Here in the UK there is a short TV series on at present called 'The Theory of Everything' (8pm on Channel 4, Sunday nights). Last week they talked about Einstein and the Relativity Theory.  It reminded me that Doc brought the subject up in his talks and spoke with reverence of the mathematics involved. I got the impression that he had worked through it himself and was trying to encourage us to do the same!  I must admit I never got round to it.  The programme is worth watching though.
However I am of the school that believes that it is impossible to "discover everything". How do you answer the question "why is there something rather than nothing" in a scientific way?  You don't have to answer that question!!   
 
regards,
jim  

2 comments:

  1. I gave up half-way through the 'Theory of Everything' programe I saw, Jim - I found the attempts to picture the unvisualizable a bit too desperate. But then, I always drive my wife nuts with my sniffiness about science on telly. It's down to the fact that I'm a science writer and editor, in popular books - so I always take a dim view of telly in general and other people's attempts to popularize science in particular.   You say: "However I am of the school that believes that it is impossible to "discover everything". How do you answer the question "why is there something rather than nothing" in a scientific way? "  Now be fair! It's only meant to be a theory of everything in  physics - not everything in theology and poetry and rugby as well!   However, I agree - even a once-for-all theory of everything in physics alone is a daft idea. Best, Chris

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  2. Pardon ... say again !!!
     
    Must be the Antipodes syndrome !!!

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