We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
But before mankind could be ripe for a science which takes in the whole of reality, a second fundamental truth was needed, which only became common property among philosophers with the advent of Kepler and Galileo. Pure logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world; all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends in it. Propositions arrived at by purely logical means are completely empty as regards reality. Because Galileo saw this, and particularly because he drummed it into the scientific world, he is the father of modern physics -- indeed, of modern science altogether.
Nobody could be more amusing than Dr. David Goodstein at
CalTech. His 50+ episodes on physics called The Mechanical
Universe and Beyond was aired on PBS. I would kill to get
my hands on the entire series on DVD but it was never mass-
marketed and the few that are selling have price tags in the
He used costumed actors playing pool sharks while describing
the laws of angular motion and used an audio spectrum
analyzer to capture the tone of Ella Fitzgerald to break a
wineglass ala the Memorex commercial. In describing harmonic
resonance as applied to the Tacoma Narrows bridge failure,
he took a tone generator, audio amplifier and a speaker to
sweep sounds that in turn resonated the strings of a guitar.
I could not digest the advanced math graphics, but he had a
way of amusing his students in the lecture hall and the viewers
on PBS, while teaching the basics in a way that anyone could
understand except Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Empty Cortex.
After my last post, I discovered that the Mechanical Universe and
Beyond has been reissued on DVD. Just under 54 dollars
including shipping and tax for the entire series. It's on the way!
PS If you are looking for any layman level materials on the
subject of physics, all three of the Asimov on physics books
are available for free on the Intertubes. What made Asimov
heads and shoulders above sci-fi authors was his understanding