They squealched some aspects of modern physics just so as to 'change' the writings on the wall? |
sounds a bit like religion and those who changed the Bible by a word or two (actually, they were not even as bad as those physics guys).
That had to hurt. What are you suppose to believe?
Interestingly, though some of these architects of modern science were deeply religious individuals, the t endency to attend to the surface qualities of phenomena could not but in time lead to the dismissal of the whole notion of God and invisible causes in general. So it was that in the early 19th century, when the great French mathematician Pierre Simon Laplace was asked by Napoleon why he had not dedicated his most recent treatise to God, as was the usual practice, the latter replied, ?I have no need of that hypothesis.? By the time we arrive in the 20th century, with the Vienna Circle and the Logical Positivists, headed by Professor Moritz Schlick, philosophy was dealing mainly with language and common sense, which for all practical purposes amounted to a reduction of scientific discourse to what can be immediately observed. These influences led to a capping-off of discussion about many of the most fascinating aspects of modern physics, for instance, until well into the second half of the 20th century, all because such discussion would have dealt with invisible aspects of reality.