The future of science may depend on looking to the past to determine the best way forward because most modern theories are based on mathematics which cannot be understood or interpreted in terms of our physical environment.
For example the standard model of particle physics mathematically defines a particle as a one dimensional or point object. However such an object does not exist in our physical environment.
Isaac Newton discovered the laws of gravity first by developing a conceptual understanding of how objects interacted in an observable environment. He then used those concepts to define a mathematical language to quantify them. His theory gained general acceptance because the mathematical language he derived from direct observations could make accurate quantitative predictions of planetary motion.
However, many modern physicists seem to have taken a different road to understanding the laws that govern our world.
For example, "The Standard Model of Particle Physics" the currently accepted theory defining particle interactions was created by developing a mathematical language based on the quantitative results of those interactions and then they are used to qualitatively define their environments.
These methodologies differ in that Newton’s extrapolated a conceptual understanding based on qualitative observations of how objects interact to mathematically define future interactions while the Standard model uses the quantitative observations of particle interactions to derive the qualitative properties of the environment in which those interactions take place.
However, the Newtonian method of conceptualizing a theory first through qualitative observations then developing a mathematical language from those observations allows it to be verified through qualitative observations.
While the Standard Model’s method of using the quantitative observations of a particle’s environment to derive a mathematical language which in term is used to define the qualitative properties of that environment is self-validating and cannot be verified though observations of the environment because those equation are what defines that environment.
Some try to justify using a mathematical language developed by quantitative observations to develop a conceptual understanding of the process involved by saying that the observational technology has not advanced enough to allow direct observations of the environment where they take place.
However, as mentioned earlier Newton was able to extrapolate a qualitative understanding of gravity based on observations of the earth’s environment to at the time the unobservable environment of the universe.
It has and will be shown throughout "The Imagineer’s Chronicles" that it is possible to derive a detailed conceptual understand of mathematical predictions of the Standard Model based on as Newton did the qualitative properties of our observable three-dimensional environment
Copyright 2009 Jeffrey O’Callaghan
Vol. 5 — 2014