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Approximate and Limited Description of Natural Phenomena

Massimiliano Di Ventra.

in The Scientific Method

August 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Mathematical and Statistical Physics. 571 words.

This chapter discusses what it means to “understand” a phenomenon in Science. It anticipates that the only knowledge of phenomena accessible to scientists is the approximate description of...

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Beyond the Dynamical Universe

Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey and Timothy McDevitt.

February 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Book. Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics; History of Science and Technology. 448 pages.

Theoretical physics and foundations of physics have not made much progress in the last few decades. There is no consensus among researchers on how to approach unifying general relativity...

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The Block Universe from Special Relativity

Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey and Timothy McDevitt.

in Beyond the Dynamical Universe

February 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics; History of Science and Technology. 20928 words.

Before explaining how the God’s-eye view resolves the impasse of theoretical physics and foundations of physics created by the ant’s-eye view, the book presents a detailed argument for the...

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Can One Theory Be “Derived” from Another?

Massimiliano Di Ventra.

in The Scientific Method

August 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Mathematical and Statistical Physics. 599 words.

This chapter makes the point that theories built on different hypotheses are fundamentally different; hence, they cannot truly be considered as limiting cases of one another.

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Coda for Ants

Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey and Timothy McDevitt.

in Beyond the Dynamical Universe

February 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics; History of Science and Technology. 2003 words.

The epilogue summarizes and reviews the main claims of the book pertaining to the problems of the dynamical universe paradigm and the resolution of those problems via the adynamical block...

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Competing Theories

Massimiliano Di Ventra.

in The Scientific Method

August 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Mathematical and Statistical Physics. 674 words.

This chapter discusses how to distinguish between two (or more) theories based on different hypotheses and leading to either the same predictions or different ones. It also introduces some...

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Conscious Experience and the Block Universe

Michael Silberstein, W.M. Stuckey and Timothy McDevitt.

in Beyond the Dynamical Universe

February 2018; p ublished online March 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Mathematical and Statistical Physics; History of Science and Technology. 26101 words.

Chapter 7 discusses the “argument from time as experienced,” which is alleged to be the most damning argument against the block universe. It shows that as typically presented the argument...

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“Consensus” in Science? What Is That?

Massimiliano Di Ventra.

in The Scientific Method

August 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Mathematical and Statistical Physics. 975 words.

This chapter clarifies that “consensus” about a scientific theory is not equivalent to “certainty.” It also points out the difficulty of some scientists to work against the prevailing...

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Don’t Be a Masochist!

Massimiliano Di Ventra.

in The Scientific Method

August 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Mathematical and Statistical Physics. 1912 words.

This chapter clarifies further the role of a theory and the choice of a theory over another based on its simplicity in describing phenomena.

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Final Thoughts

Massimiliano Di Ventra.

in The Scientific Method

August 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Mathematical and Statistical Physics. 1610 words.

This chapter summarizes the discussion in the preceding chapters and discusses some open issues still left unresolved. It reiterates the inalienable role of experiments in the pursuit of...

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