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Physics (Almost) Explained

I watched this video from ted.com and was quite intrigued by the lecturer’s introduction.  He says that the more they understand about particle physics, the simpler (and more beautiful) the equations become.  He wants to answer why this is.  But it seemed like he missed something big.  He knows why they get simpler mathematically, but he never answers the larger question, “Why is this so?”  If you like physics, take 20 minutes and watch it.  And, just so we’re clear, I did not agree with his conclusion.

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  1. Brian McLaughlin
    March 27, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Interesting…thanks for linking. While I was watching this I kept thinking of Jonathan Edwards, who would love his talk of simplicity, beauty, etc. But, as you point out, there is one significant difference: Edwards brings everything back to the Creator.

    Edwards sees the connections (the onion) between everything and God. He says, “For indeed the whole outward creation, which is but the shadows of beings, is so made as to represent spiritual things.” For example, Edwards believed that the pull of one object to another (gravity) is a type of God’s love pulling us to Himself. Sometimes he is a little weird in this, but he is basically saying the same thing, but the fundamental is God!

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