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A Distant View of Physics 2.0

Peter Marquardt
Year: 2018 Pages: 10

Covering a huge range of topics, physics is influenced in various ways not always helpful to it as a natural science in its own right. Particularly the misuse of mathematics facilitated to establish dogmas, making physics the battlefield of what may be called the language of power (LOP). LOP is the manifold voice of mainstream control over physics against justified criticism. The present essay exemplifies some ways of manipulation: Formulas, fancy names, ill-defined concepts, authority, fame, propaganda, gedanken experiments, lacking precision, "correct" results, the "heureka effect", or the hasty acceptance of "established knowledge". Exploring the traces of LOP including those beyond physics is good for some surprises - a valuable lesson for our everyday lives, too.