Otfried Weise, November 30, 2019
Our individual “perception” is severely limited in various respects and is only booked for limited utility, which is usually sufficient for survival. For example, humans can only see a very small portion of the total spectrum of electromagnetic waves as visible light (divided into so-called colors). Also he can only hear a small frequency range from the wide spectrum of sound waves with his ears. The tactile sense, the sense of smell and the sense of taste (olfactorial senses) are also very limited and only provide subjective information. The natural sciences, especially physics, should help us to discover the truth. They should expand our five senses through their devices and experimental arrangements. Do they really do that? What does physics see as its primary task?
“Physics does not have the task of fathoming the essence of nature, but of supporting the measurable with mathematical models,”
In a lecture, the retired Prof. Dr. Franz F. Schöberl, theoretical physicist at the University of Vienna, said:
“We cannot imagine all the small things in the atomic range, in quantum mechanics. I don’t understand a word of what’s going on in there; I’ve learned the language and can calculate and then I interpret it. Whether this has something to do with reality or is truth, what we measure and calculate, that’s a philosophical question, we physicists have no idea. We describe what we see in the broadest sense of the word, for example, with the electron microscope, and then we develop our formulas.”