Faith of Fundamental Science

by alexeyburov


The first part of this talk was given Feb 13. It covers preliminary consideration of the faith-reason problem, showing then that there is such thing as a faith of fundamental science. To show that the following features of a mature faith are pointed out:

  • Religious feeling (Einstein)
  • Expression of duty and prophecy (Hilbert)
  • Martyrdom (Galilei)
  • Mystic Experience (Dirac)

Verbal expression of this faith, its creed, will be suggested at a later part of the talk.

After that introduction, a historical review is started. Beliefs and main ideas of Thales, Anaximander and Pythagoras were described.

The second part of this talk (Feb 27) was devoted to some more consideration of the Pythagorean views, and then faith and values of Plato, Aristotle and Euclid were discussed.

The third part is devoted to Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Descartes and Newton.

The 4th part – Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz, Laplace, Deism.


Presentation of parts 1st (Feb 13), 2nd (Feb 27), 3rd (Mar 13), 4th (Mar 27) is here.

Video of the 1st part (45min talk + 15 min discussion) is at youtube.

There is no video of the 2nd part (Feb 27) — sorry about that.

Video of the 3rd part, Mar 13 (45min talk + 15 min discussion) is at youtube.

Video of the 4th part Mar 27 (Descartes, Leibniz, Laplace, Deism)


The next, 5th part of this talk, “Scientism”, will take place Thu, May 22.

Before that, we will get together April 10 and May 8, see the announcement. No meeting Apr 24.

All the meetings will take place at Req Room, (WH4NW), 12:30-1:30pm. Feel free to come with your lunch.

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