Akin Title: The Second Scientific Revolution
Author’s Note: In this article, I will interchangeably apply its title and its akin title.
Science has now accomplished a major feat in its progress, and this major feat is the second scientific revolution. Science has experienced a scientific revolution before in the classical era which we will now formally refer to as the first scientific revolution.
While the first scientific revolution was the classical, Newtonian revolution that overthrew the Aristotelian model of the universe, the second scientific is the post-modern revolution that now overthrows the Newtonian model of the universe.
In this blog, you will learn that physics or science now has three eras. The first one is the classical era that is ruled by classical mechanics, the second one is the modern era that is ruled by the revolutionary theories of quantum mechanics and Einsteinian relativity, and the third one is the post-modern era that is now being ruled by absolute relativity.
A good look at these three eras of science shows that the modern era is an intermediate era between the classical era and the post-modern era. The first scientific revolution gave birth to the classical era of science and the second scientific revolution which we are now experiencing is what has given birth to the post-modern era of science.
The historical implication of post-modern physics is that the modern era of physics as I have suggested above is an intermediate era between the classical and post-modern eras, and it cannot in a true sense be said that the modern era produced a pivotal scientific revolution.
The modern era was just an intermediate phase which is, however, an important part of our scientific progress and history but does not mark the culmination of the second scientific revolution.
The modern era which gave us the two giant theories of quantum mechanics and Einsteinian relativity represents the first indication of a possible break from Newton’s laws of motion but it does not explicitly show us the new paradigm quantum mechanics and relativity pointed to.
Yes, quantum mechanics and relativity were really pointing or indicating to us that there is a new physics beyond Newton’s physics, but they did not explicitly state what the laws of this new physics are or would be.
The modern era of physics was simply a period when we groped in the dark, searching for the new torch to show us the way out of the Newtonian paradigm to the new paradigm which would furnish us with a complete understanding of the universe, since Newton’s laws were becoming inefficient.
This new paradigm is found in post-modern physics. Modern physics heralded the coming of post-modern physics, and in fact, the conceptual crisis the two giant theories of modern physics created was really a proof that a new physics was on the horizon.
Post-modern physics is what has now given us a unified understanding of the entire universe resulting in the great scientific revolution. The great scientific revolution is what I also call the second scientific revolution.
Newtonian or classical physics only gave us a unified understanding of the celestial and terrestrial mechanics and both mechanics deal with the macro universe, and this Newtonian unification was the culmination of the scientific revolution. The scientific revolution is what I call the first scientific revolution.
The great scientific revolution is more encompassing because it gives us a unified understanding of the macro and micro universes, unlike the scientific revolution which addresses only the macro universe. The great scientific revolution is the culmination of all our efforts for the last 100 years to unify quantum mechanics and relativity.
Therefore, this article is a call for celebration! The second scientific revolution is now complete! We have now completely broken away from Newton’s laws and Paradigm, and are now witnessing the profound rebirth of physics.
Post-modern physics then becomes the result of the rebirth of physics. And because of how post-modern physics breaks away from the Newtonian paradigm, it now appears very different from modern physics which heralded or started the breakaway in the first place.
For coming to this blog, I want you to know about the important events already unfolding in scientific history. The great revolution is one of the important events now unfolding before your very eyes.
Now, the scientific revolution was mainly centred in Europe, during the renaissance era, however, the great scientific revolution, all thanks to the internet and online publishing, is going to be global. The effect of the great scientific revolution will be felt everywhere.
This is a great time for science! This is the time our predecessors sought to see. They tried their best to reveal to us the unity of the universe, and in this noble effort, Albert Einstein stands tall.
Albert Einstein more than his contemporaries realized the significance of what he called “the unified field theory“. Throughout the over 30 years which he sought for the unified field theory, he was usually alone, and though few scientists followed, none of them was as committed as Einstein in this pursuit.
The great revolution which now shows us the unity of the universe which Einstein had sought gives us the necessary hindsight to judge Einstein’s attempt and to also know why he failed in his quest to unify physics.
Einstein failed in his attempt to discover the unified field theory because he had wrongly extended special relativity to general relativity, and this was all the more because special relativity was not properly interpreted by Einstein.
The problem of unifying physics is not related in any way to quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics, I must say, was a distraction and surprisingly Einstein knew.
He had intuited that relativity was more fundamental than quantum theory, and that a unified field theory which would be purely relativistic would expose to us the real nature of quantum mechanics.
We have so much to learn from Einstein’s insistence on the fundamental significance of relativity which eclipses that of quantum mechanics. This is because the great scientific revolution is emerging from a complete and profound re-interpretation of special relativity and not quantum mechanics, and obviously not general relativity.
This new interpretation of (special) relativity is called absolute relativity. Absolute relativity is the new theory that unifies macro and micro physics, bringing under one conceptual framework the entire operations of the cosmos.
The great scientific revolution is far reaching than we may have conceived. It goes back to the foundation of physics itself, and it exposes to us the true nature of all things in a manner both classical and modern physics could not have captured.
All the mistaken premises and interpretations in physics since classical physics and the scientific revolution are been addressed by the great scientific revolution. The great scientific revolution is altering the future timeline of physics, steering it along a path we would not have conceived for physics.
The great scientific revolution now sets physics on the path of metaphysical science. This will forever be the distinctive mark of the great scientific revolution which is unlike the scientific revolution that placed physics firmly on the path of physical science.
The cutting edge of science now deals with the true spiritual nature of the cosmos. The great scientific revolution is also accompanied by a new scientific method and a new philosophy that intermesh the physical universe and the metaphysical universe.
Physics is no longer just divided between the macro universe and the micro universe, but also between the physical universe and the metaphysical universe. The latter is a broader division that enriches and furnishes the philosophical edifice of this post-modern era.
The great scientific revolution was what Einstein sought and dreamt about, but today it is our reality. And like Einstein intuited, the great scientific revolution is hidden in relativity and not quantum mechanics.
Absolute relativity is the true scientific language of the cosmos. It is the theory we have all been seeking for so long. It is even more than a new theory, absolute relativity is a new kind of science.
It is a new kind of science not based on the quantitative measure of reality, but on the experiential measure of reality. I want you to really see the distinction between physical science which you are used to from the theories of classical physics and modern physics and the new metaphysical science from absolute relativity.
The great scientific revolution exposes to us the true experiential nature of the universe and not the quantitative nature of the universe like the scientific revolution. The new science is experiential and metaphysical, unlike the old science which is quantitative and physical.
Also, you must realize that the experiential nature of the great scientific revolution is as a result of the conjunct investigation of the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the universe.
The implications of the great scientific revolution cannot be exhausted in a single space. They will become increasingly evident as post-modern physics progresses. However, I want you to know that the great scientific revolution calls us to break away from the old method of understanding the universe.
The great scientific revolution has birthed post-modern physics, and due to its main concern for the experiential and metaphysical natures of the universe, it is then a different kind of science.
We have for so long ignored or neglected completely the experiential nature of the cosmos. This can no longer continue as the great scientific revolution provokes a new scientific tradition and also a new way of interacting with the cosmos…
For the great scientific revolution!
– M. V. Echa