Should we allow imagination to define physics?

Should we let imagination define our reality?  If so how much should we allow science to dependent on it? Most if not all explanatory models of reality rely to some extent on ones imagination because they use unobservable quantities to support them. For example Einstein used the concept of a space-time dimension to define gravity.  … Read more

Did Einstein predict Quantum Entanglement in 1905?

Quantum entanglement is defined “as a physical phenomenon that occurs when pairs or groups of particles are generated or interact in ways such that the quantum state of each particle cannot be described independently instead, a quantum state may be given for the system as a whole”. Einstein referred to this as “spooky action at … Read more

A classical interpretation of the wave function collapse

Quantum mechanics assumes that a particle is in a superposition of several states or positions based on the mathematical properties of Schrödinger’s wave equation before an observation is made.  It also assumes that when it is observed it collapses resulting the particle it represents having a single or unique position. When the Copenhagen interpretation was … Read more

The abuse of imagination in Physics

Most would agree that imagination is powerful tool for scientists when used correctly because it allows them to visuals worlds that are beyond their ability to observe. However their are some who wrongly believe that they can build successful theoretical models of our world based imagination or concepts that only exist in their minds. For … Read more

Instrumentalism or realism how should we decide?

In the philosophy of science instrumentalism and realism define what constitutes an acceptable theory. Instrumentalists claim that scientific theories are merely useful tools for predicting phenomena instead of true or approximately true descriptions of the physical world while realists hold the view that they should be. As Richard DeWitt points out in his book “Worldviews: … Read more