Date: Nov 6, 2013 12:45 AM
Author: Tom Potter
Subject: Re: What Physics Is
About 2500 years ago,
the Greeks were exposed to the Phoenicians alphabet
and they were fascinated that it could be used to
create words, that matched sounds, that modeled observations,
and they began examine the relationships
between words and observations.
[ The Phoenicians created and used their alphabet as a means of
remembering how to ask for water, food and sex
during their trading ventures,
and as the Greeks were mainly goat herders
who had lots of leisure time,
they focused on the use of words and numbers
and their relationships to shared observations.]
This lead to philosophy,
which examines the relationship between observations and reality.
Pythagoreanism, which was an effort to
understand the future based on numbers and cycles,
originated about the same time,
and was used to fork philosophy into what is now called physics.
These two fields dominated the minds of inquiring folks,
until Newton and others showed that math models
could be used to generate numbers that modeled SOME of the the past
and SOME future observations.
The bottom line is that the Greek philosophers,
were basically working to create a good DICTIONARY,
[ Word to observation]
and the Pythagoreans were basically working to correlate
numbers and observations,
and the merging of the two to model past observations,
and some examples of future observations,
came to be called physics.
As physicists have a hard time getting laid,
and winning at the race track and in the markets,
it appears that little useful knowledge of future events
can be obtained using physics when sentient beings are involved.