Material or Classical Physics: The Nature of Reality & The Science of Oneness – Overcoming an Outdated Worldview
- Isaac Newton, born in the 17th century, was an English physicist and mathematician. He made many contributions, including the theory that white light is a composite of all colors of the spectrum. He wrote a “momentous book on physics” and co-developed calculus theories. He is particularly well known for his descriptions of the laws of motion and gravitation (associated with the famous story of his stroke of insight from seeing an apple fall from a tree).
- “Newtonian Physics” or “Classical Mechanics,” are phrases sometimes used to describe mechanical events (those which involve forces acting on matter) using the laws of motion and gravitation. “Several ideas developed by later scientists, especially the concept of energy, which was not defined scientifically until the late 1700s, are also part of the physics now termed Newtonian.” (source)
- What’s important to note in this particular discussion is that such materialistic science — although powerful — only applies in some cases. It is not a complete description of how the universe works — as shown, for instance, by Einstein’s theory of relativity. “Classical physics has been very successful at understanding the physical nature of the universe, yet this worldview assumes that reality is limited to matter. This leaves classical physics ill-equipped to measure or quantify non-physical phenomena.” (Jacob Devaney)
Einstein Overturned Newton’s Concept of the Universe
Isaac Newton’s universal principles of gravity found no parallels in science at the time. Of course, Newton was proven wrong on some of his key assumptions. In the 20th century, Albert Einstein would overturn Newton’s concept of the universe, stating that space, distance and motion were not absolute but relative, and that the universe was more fantastic than Newton had ever conceived. –Biography.com
Newtonian Physics is Less Accurate but is Mathematically Simple
Scientists have known since the early twentieth century that [Newtonian physics] is a less accurate description of the physical world than relativity theory and quantum physics… Since Newtonian physics is… mathematically simple, it remains the standard for calculating the motions of almost all objects from machine parts, fluids, and bullets to spacecraft, planets, and galaxies. –Encyclopedia.com