Hypothesis: Science gets a greater grasp of details only with a loss of its theoretical basis.

A confirmation from the history of Physics:

(a) Aristotle inaugurates physics in which all elements and physical causes could be sensed. Earth, air, fire and water could be handled and directly observed; moist, dry, hot and cold could be felt on the skin. Newton replaced these with an intangible particle pulled through a non-measurable absolute space and time by a force that acted instantaneously across any distance without contact or action on a medium. Physics got in immeasurably greater precision of detail, but it lost its theoretical basis in the sensation of its objects and causes.

(b) Newton did not totally sacrifice sensation but preserved it to some extent though the tangibility of force. Though he mostly sacrificed direct sensation, nevertheless by making the substance of things Euclidean he kept the world sensible to imagination. But Einstein’s Riemannian spaces and the Hamiltonian operators of QM are not even given to imagination. Again, while force is tangible, energy is a mysterious unity in heat, motion, chemical bonds, mass, etc. and while force is mechanical there is no clear mechanical meaning to either the fields of modern physics or the non-locality that has been unavoidable since Bell… The theoretical basis of physics in the sensation of its objects and causes is weakened even further.

 

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