The omnipresent space-matter entity of uncertainty
Albert Einstein has great contribution to the development of non-deterministic physics of the 20th century. His theories did unrepayable favours to the overly abstract quantum mechanics.[i] His interpretation of the induction of electric current by light known as the photoelectric effect[ii] gave a crucial impetus to quantum physics. His mathematical description of the photoelectric effect treated light as quantized. This implied a possible confirmation of the particulate nature of light and introduced the idea of photon which fit the quantum hypothesis. Sixteen years later when the new unrepresentative physics thrived he was awarded the Nobel Prize for this.
At the beginning of the 20th century any confirmation of the quantum theory was welcome. Einstein’s description of the photoelectric effect perfectly fitted the quantum paradigm in physics. The corpuscular nature of light conflicts with the well-proven wave properties of light. However, any hint for its existence was long-awaited by some theorists craving for fast and universal answers. Although the light-particle was an entirely theoretical creation its existence was taken for real. The entrance of the light-particle on the scientific scene caused a chain reaction of theoretical inventions. It opened Pandora’s Box and let out a multitude of unrepresentative concepts. The idea of the particulate nature of light underlay the concepts of wave–particle duality[iii] and mass-energy equivalence[iv] that both quantum physics and Einstein’s relativities utilized. It also allowed for the formulation of the Uncertainty principle.
Einstein’s theory of special relativity[v] is based on another grand simplification. In order to construct it Einstein took the incomprehensible but still concrete data about the motion of the space filling[vi][vii][viii] for null instead of trying to interpret it. He cunningly took away the properties of space and attached them to matter by converting it into abstract energy. This speculative generalization actually fabricated facts. It reduced all properties of space to a universal physical constant.[ix] Special relativity dematerialized aether in order to save it: a manipulation that can take place only in the abstract mental realm. [quantum counterfeits] However, the conjecture allowed for the constancy of the speed of light in vacuum to be postulated and became the basis of the theory of special relativity and the concept of mass-energy equivalence. The latter is an abstraction of highest rank as it unifies the fundamental categories of matter and non-matter. In practice the matter-energy conglomerate dematerialized matter and materialized space at the same time.
Neglecting properties of space made the theoretical fusion of matter and space possible. The matter-energy amalgam rendered most of the matter invisible and undetectable. The theoretical dematerialization of matter allowed quantum physics to adopt the doctrines of double wave-particle nature of matter and of probabilistic existence of concrete structures. It also paved the way for the introduction of the immaterial space-time continuum of general relativity, of the hypotheses of dark matter,[x] black holes[xi] and event horizons.[xii] A chain of bizarre concepts followed the lead of the mass–energy equivalence popularized by the famous E=m.c2 formula.
From the wave-particle duality the Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle[xiii] emerged. The principle underlies quantum mechanics. It holds that there is a fundamental uncertainty in nature therefore the state of the world cannot be known in detail. Briefly, it proclaims that nothing can be known for sure. The Uncertainty principle cannot be proved or disproved. It requires belief and is immunized against any argument. Actually, it is the most anti-scientific principle that can possibly exist as it renders reality incognizable. At the moment when physics embraced the principle it rejected causality and its experiential stage concluded. The Uncertainty principle has a truly theological character. It crowns the end of the physics as an empirical science. Nonetheless, the wave functions of the delocalized particles it allows are convenient to be presented as halos around the heads of physicists who braved the unknown.
Contemporary physics asserts that the simplest things are impenetrably convoluted and that they are much more complex than the larger objects they comprise. It perplexingly insinuates that matter is delocalized hence is indistinguishable from space and that space in turn might be multidimensional. In other words, to modern physics everything is possible. And all is so nonconcrete and probabilistic that, of course, it can only be theoretically demonstrated with mathematical formulations of appropriate incomprehensibility. Quantum physics speaks of god-particles and justifies its claims with miracles of religious type such as nonlocality,[xiv] antimatter,[xv] annihilation,[xvi] teleportation,[xvii] endless compression,[xviii] invisible matter that decisively outweighs the visible one.[xix] But do we need a super costly science only to confirm that miracles exist? We already have religions and magic for this purpose.
The affirmation that atomic energy cannot be comprehended without quantum physics is erroneous. Neither the fission of heavy nuclides nor the energy released in this process has been predicted by physics. Quantum physics has only interpreted and recalculated these phenomena in terms of discrete portions of energy. In fact atomic energy has been utilised despite the science of uncertainty. Note that the above-mentioned does not intend to imply that we consider nuclear fission energy safe or humane.
The super abstract categories of relativity aided the conversion of physics from an empirical science into an entirely theoretical discipline. They transformed the most rational science into the most unrepresentative one. The Uncertainty principle rendered the world incognizable and the future impenetrable. It has left us at physicists’ mercy: empty-handed, hopelessly hesitating but in a nearly religious awe. Now they can answer any question but in terms of incalculable likelihoods. Since science has shown that reality is beyond the grasp of the mind no one expects it to have predictive ability. With the indispensable help of Einstein’s theories the 20th century physics has become an abstract theology. Notions such as the God’s particle or the omnipresent nondeterministic probability that surfaced from relativities legitimate both physics and religion at the same time. Correspondingly, the fluctuation of probabilities and the delocalization of matter stand for religious miracles.
In defiance of reason people seem to be captivated by the incredible scientific-like metaphors of quantum physics. It appears that alternative realities are more attractive to them than practice. Perhaps they need wonders because they are short of something. And it stands to reason that the chronic dissatisfaction that makes them receptive to ambiguous potentials is directly or indirectly caused by some vital deficiency such as an erogenous one could be.
The major generalizations that both special and general theories of relativity employ stand in a sharp contrast with some of Einstein’s philosophical aphorisms. This only comes to show that gifted theorists who are predisposed to abstract reasoning may also have surreally high tolerance to simplifications.