reply to post by buddhasystem
Buddha, while I enjoy some of your rejoinders, I am afraid I have to take the other side on this one...
...because, this thread isn't about the Moon, it is about a different theory of elementary particles. Sure, our understanding of Newtonian Laws and
Kepler's Laws provided a foundation for those who came later...not only Einstein, Hawking, Sagan, and too many others, many Nobel Laureates...
My point is, science in general, and physics in particular, in this case, we are discussing, are prone to fluidity in that, new discoveries lead to
refined theories, or the refining of the theories, if you will.
Galileo 'defined' gravity...except that, it lacked something until Newton came along and invented calculus, a better way to describe what Galileo,
and Kepler, and to some extent, Copernicus were trying to describe. A mathematical system that transcended language...it was Math.
That 'language', we call Math, means better understanding regardless of national or ethnic origin.
...now, I must step aside to point out to others, I am not a scientist. And, I fully expect any number of arrows to be aimed at me for this post, but
I have a Kevlar vest and am fully ready!
Alright, now here is my point...Buddha, you are a scientist, there is no doubt. BUT, do you have an open mind?
Before you scroll down and answer, consider this: We all know that Einstein struggled to the end to try to find an equation to unite all the 'four'
forces...and, he, Einstein, famously, to the end, would not agree to the concept of Quantum Physics. He would not, it seems, agree with
Heisenberg.
With the advent of Quantum, has come (sorry if I'm out of sync here) String Theory, the Mulitverse Theory, and the discovery of Super Massive Black
Holes at the center of nearly every observed Galaxy (including ours).
I don't have the expertise to write a paper to prove or disprove John Lear's Theory of Elementary Particles...but I can use my critical thinking hat
to conclude, based on the last few hundred years, theories are just that....theories. I was taught the basic science of the atom. The smallest
particle, we were told. That theory held, until new discoveries resulted in its modification. The 'model' of the atom has changed...theories are
proposed, they persist, until new experimental evidence is brought forth, then the theory is adapted.
This is an era of discovery. Even Steven Hawking admitted, after three decades of obstinacy, that he may have been wrong about some of his theories,
based on mathematical calculations, not on silly thoughts or conjecture mind you...and he incorporated new findings, from others who he respected, and
used this insight to further refine his calculations.
I daresay, there are other physicists who are strong in their respective fields, who do not have the publicity of a Sagan or a Hawking or an
Einstein...but that does not diminish their work. I only cite familiar names to make a point.
So, to summarize, please let's keep our minds open to concepts that may seem counter-intuitive, at first. Heck, a hundred years ago, or so, we were
told that powered flight was 'impossible'. Oh, and electricity has only been harnessed and used to our advantage in about the same time frame.
Buddha, thanks...hope I didn't bore you.