It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Now, in the 21st century, the situation is oddly similar. Once again, physicists believe the physical world has been explained, and that no further revolutions lie ahead.
Originally posted by TheBandit795
At the beginning of the next century it might be the same story. We don't even know what dark matter and dark energy are.
Originally posted by Neon Haze
I think I can safely speak for all physicist of the world when it comes to a question like that.
It is at the very boundaries of our knowledge that new discoveries are made.
If we reach what appears to be a dead end then that is a time to be excited!!!
[edit on 21-11-2006 by Neon Haze]
Originally posted by Mondogiwa
A hundred years ago, as the 19th century drew to a close, scientists around the world were satisfied that they had arrived at an accurate picture of the physical world. As physicist Alastair Rae put it, "By the end of the 19th centuryit seemed that the basic principles governing the behavior of the physical universe were known." Many scientists said that the study of physics was nearly completed, no big discoveries remained to be made.
Now, in the 21st century, the situation is oddly similar. Once again, physicists believe the physical world has been explained, and that no further revolutions lie ahead. Because of prior history, they no longer express this view publicly, but they think it just the same. Some observers have even gone so far as to argue that science as a discipline has finished its work; that there is nothing important left to discover.
What are your thoughts on this?? Paraphrased above and references are available if you like!!!
So strange that we as a species always tend to get too big for our britches!?
[edit on 21-11-2006 by Mondogiwa]