The Origin and Its Meaning

Theories and Proof

    n  Data obtained from experiment and observation become fact when sufficiently confirmed.

However, while confirmed data is fact, hypotheses, even ones that have been long-accepted, can still be opinion.

    n   The usual and accepted method for the proof of theories is not proof as such but, rather, reassurance -- that when applied to real situations the theory produces correct and consistent results.

That the prediction of a hypothesis is subsequently verified by experiment or observation is considered the sine qua non validation of a hypothesis.

    n   But, the pre-Copernican geocentric theory of astronomy with its "cycles" and "epi-cycles" produced correct and consistent results, and produced predictions that were subsequently verified, for millennia -- yet it was dead wrong.

Clearly, if one wishes to be confident in the correctness of a theory one cannot rely on that kind of verification.

    n   The only alternative is derivation:

 derivation as precise and as rigorous as mathematics and

 that yet simultaneously, when applied to the real world, yields consistent correct results.

The Origin and Its Meaning

does for physics what Copernicus did for astronomy -- it supersedes the exhausted old theories with a new theory that is realistic, clear, simple and direct.

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The Origin and Its Meaning

does for physics what Euclid did for geometry -- it supersedes mere empirical conclusions with derivation of all of physics.