On Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:56:48 +0100, Keith Stein
>I find it weird certainly, also "silly" and "aesthetically displeasing"
>too. What you should appreciate Goat is that if one goes back in time,
>just 120 years, every competent physicist in the world would agree with
>me. The simple truth is that it is i who am the conservative here, and
>my message is simple "If it ain't broke don't fix it".
Every theory is in that sense "broke".
Classical mechanics, on which the notions held by those competent
physicists are based, breaks down, as I mentioned, under circumstances
which just aren't that unusual these days, and was supplanted, no,
rather augmented, by relativity, which does give accurate and useful
answers under those circumstances.
Under conditions today regarded as extreme, such as in the very centers
of black holes or at a distance of 1E-60m from an electron, which should
be inside that "dimensionless" particle's event horizon, relativity
breaks down, giving us answers which are nonsense.
So some more detailed theory, which will provide the same answers as
relativity under now-normal circumstances and reasonable answers under
those now-extreme ones, will take its place. Classical mechanics will
remain a good approximation of the "true" theory, and relativity will
remain a better approximation, but the new one will be better still.
It's broke. All scientific theories are. So smart folks think about
it, conduct experiments, and fix it... then find ways i nwhich the new
theory is broke, so they then set about fixing that.
It's called scientific progress. It'll go on for a while yet.
It isn't "conservatism" to hold that such progress should end, it's
reactionary. Why? Because those competent physicists of yore, most of
them at least, expected it to proceed.
And hey, watching it beats the hell out of watching guys walk around a
pasture hitting a ball with a curved metal stick while some guy
off-camera mutters into a microphone. For me, at least.