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Lancelot Law Whyte

Geburtstag: 1896
Todesdatum: 1972

Lancelot Law Whyte was a Scottish philosopher, theoretical physicist, historian of science and financier. Wikipedia

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„The most productive novelties often spring“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961)
Kontext: The most productive novelties often spring, in thought as in biological evolution, from more primitive and simpler forms, rather than from differentiated ones which, through their elaboration, have become too specialized to be adaptable to new tasks.<!--p.8

„It is widely believed that only those who can master the latest quantum mathematics can understand anything of what is happening. That is not so“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961)
Kontext: It is widely believed that only those who can master the latest quantum mathematics can understand anything of what is happening. That is not so, provided one takes the long view, for no one can see far ahead. Against a historical background, the layman can understand what is involved, for example, in the fascinating challenge of continuity and discontinuity expressed in the antithesis of field and particle.<!--p.4

„Theory confronts experiment, and both sides are a mixture of obscurity and clarity.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961), p.19

„The basic challenge to mankind is“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

The Universe of Experience: A Worldview Beyond Science and Religion (1974)
Kontext: The basic challenge to mankind is not population, poverty, war, technology, pollution, religious or racial intolerance, or blind nationalism, but an underlying nihilism promoting violence and frustrating sane policies on these issues.... the only hope lies in the emergence of a potentially worldwide consensus of heart, mind, and will, appealing to all sane men and women everywhere... The time has come for the west to speak to the world in universal terms.... the consensus, if it comes, is likely to surprise by its suddenness, timeliness, and universality.

„Did ever the history of the intellect so little conceal so much?“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961), p.6

„Physics and psychology are going somewhere, but where they do not know. But… they are traveling“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961)
Kontext: Physics and psychology are going somewhere, but where they do not know. But... they are traveling from: Democritan permanent particles and the Cartesian mind necessarily aware.... they are both traveling away from the same point of origin and in the same general direction: from the isolation of supposedly permanent "substances" towards the identification of changing relations potentially affecting everything; briefly, from substance to changing relations and structures.

„Dogmatism in science is usually mistaken“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961)
Kontext: Dogmatism in science is usually mistaken, because the conviction of certainty expresses a psychological compulsion, never any truly compelling reasons or facts. When a view attains wide popularity and seems obviously beyond question, its decline has usually begun or will begin very soon.<!--p.21

„The Western search for unifying truth did not come to an end with Christianity, any more than with the physical theories of forty years ago.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

The Universe of Experience: A Worldview Beyond Science and Religion (1974)
Kontext: Faced by the dire nihilism of our time, we need a greater honesty... The Western search for unifying truth did not come to an end with Christianity, any more than with the physical theories of forty years ago.

„No one is so brilliant that he can afford to neglect what history can teach him.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961), p.11

„Two extreme interpretations of atomism have persisted through centuries“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961)
Kontext: Two extreme interpretations of atomism have persisted through centuries: the näive assumption of objectively real indivisible pieces of matter, and the sophisticated view that "atom" is merely a name given to abstractions which it is convenient to assume in simplifying complex phenomena. The second perhaps stems from Ockham, who wrote in 1330 of "the fiction of abstract nouns"; from John Troland, who in 1704 interpreted material particles as mental fictions; and from countless others down to Ernst Mach, who after starting as a physical atomist came to regard atoms as "mental artifices" or "economical ways of symbolizing experience."
Both views have advantages...

„Is there a real temporal process in nature? Is the passage of irreversible time a necessary element in any view of the structure of nature? Or, alternatively, is the subjective experience of time a mere illusion of the mind which cannot be given objective expression? These are not metaphysical questions that can still be neglected with impunity.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Archimedes or the Future of Physics (1927)
Kontext: The question of the reversibility of natural processes provides the key to a great intellectual struggle which is now behind the complexities of philosophic and scientific thought. The issue can be formulated thus: Is there a real temporal process in nature? Is the passage of irreversible time a necessary element in any view of the structure of nature? Or, alternatively, is the subjective experience of time a mere illusion of the mind which cannot be given objective expression? These are not metaphysical questions that can still be neglected with impunity. For just as Einstein made his advance by analysing conceptions such as simultaneity, which had been thought to be adequately understood for the purposes of experimental science, so the next development of physical theory will probably be made by carrying on the analysis of time from the point at which Einstein left it.

„When a view attains wide popularity and seems obviously beyond question, its decline has usually begun or will begin very soon.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961)
Kontext: Dogmatism in science is usually mistaken, because the conviction of certainty expresses a psychological compulsion, never any truly compelling reasons or facts. When a view attains wide popularity and seems obviously beyond question, its decline has usually begun or will begin very soon.<!--p.21

„Discontinuity of its linguistic and logical terms is for the conscious analytical intellect psychologically and logically prior to notions of continuity.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte

Essay on Atomism: From Democritus to 1960 (1961)
Kontext: Discontinuity of its linguistic and logical terms is for the conscious analytical intellect psychologically and logically prior to notions of continuity.... This functional priority... may not have been reflected in the history of the development of reason in all human communities.... But it is relevant for the West that the Pythagoreans, with their discrete integers and point patterns, came before Euclid, with his continuous metrical geometry, and that physical atomism as a speculative philosophy preceded by some two thousand years the conception of a continuous physical medium with properties of its own.<!--pp.13-14

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