Microcosmology: Atom In Jain Philosophy & Modern Science ► 06 ► [6.1.1] Basic Unity Of Physics And Philosophy - A. Reality And Experience - Knowledge Through Physics

Posted: 19.04.2008

In Physics, knowledge is acquired through the process of scientific investigations. Experimental facts about the observed phenomena are correlated and a mathematical model theory is worked out. Eventually, for the benefit of the non-physicists, a model/theory, in ordinary language, interpreting the mathematical scheme is formulated. Very often, the theories have to be modified or sometimes even dropped altogether, if the experimen­tal evidences continue to contradict the model/theory. Abstraction is a crucial feature of the whole process and consists a map of reality. This can represent only some features of reality; and is very much ambiguous and inaccurate, having many contradictory meanings. The realization that all models and theories are ap­proximate is basic to modern science. They can never explain all the aspects of reality, and will, therefore, never give a complete description of the real situation.

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