Physics can use itself to produce new fundamental insights.
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First design a new law and then reverse engineer a system that actually displays the phenomena.
A shift in the very scope of science — from studying what is to what could be
Nature’s agonizingly slow process of discovery is accelerated to breakneck speeds in the laboratory.
Science also concerns the phenomena created in our laboratories and in our heads.
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Nowadays, people worry about a “desert scenario,” where no new particles will be found for many decades to come, if ever.
This point of view is wrong.
The first two decades of this century have been pretty successful for physics:
95 Percent of the universe is missing.
The aim of physics is to understand in a precise, mathematical way all manifestation of matter and energy in the universe.
Matter and light have properties of both waves and particles simultaneously. The results of quantum mechanics make it clear that waves exhibit particle-like properties and particles exhibit wave-like properties, depending on the specific experiment. Quantum physics is, therefore, able to make descriptions of matter and energy based on wave equations that relate to the probability of a particle existing in a certain spot at a certain time.
Quantum physics is the field of physics that explains how everything works.
It is the best description of the nature of the particles that make up matter and the forces with which they interact. If you want to explain how photons on light turn to electrical current in a solar panel, or how the sun keeps burning, you'll need to use quantum physics.
Despite the advances in science over the past century, our understanding of nature is still limited. Scientists still don't know what the vast majority of the universe is made up of or how consciousness arises from mere matter.
Some philosophers argue that we will never understand some things and that human science will one day hit a hard limit. They may already have done so.
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