Sunday, July 17, 2011

How the Hippies Saved Physics

Took this book from the library a couple of weeks ago. I only have time to go over and read the beginning and the end: Conclusion: That was why I decided long ago that it was a bad idea to be a scientist. The reasons are still valid today. History keeps rhyming. From the persecution of Copernicus to present day. These path breaking scientists often have tumultuous lives like those of the Jewish prophets. Better go and do something else. Thomas Kuhn was right on the money about Paradigm Shifts.

Every worthy enterprise is eventually largely filled with too many mediocre minds. If they come in leadership positions, that is the end. Breakthroughs will now have to come from the lunatic fringe. What is true for Physics, I fear is also true for politics in Singapore. Despite the PAP best efforts they cannot avoid decay and eventually mediocrity. It is just not possible. There aren't theorems to prove that but there are also no historical exceptions.

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