By Edmund T. Whittaker

First-class therapy of Electrodynamics and Relativity thought from a decent ancient viewpoint. Whittaker's perspectives are suppressed simply because he used to be courageous adequate to inform the reality concerning the real contributions of Einstein to the Relativity idea (properly attributed to Poincaré and Lorentz).

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Nietzsche has already claimed that this way of thinking derives partially from a fear of the unfamiliar and unintelligible, to satisfy man’s need for comforting and orderly surroundings. Nietzsche claims that this is the cowardly way of interpreting the world and that it results from laziness. Nietzsche favors a dynamic view of the world—no permanent constants, no objects, only change, only relations. In such a world, men can creatively structure their own interpretations, thereby skillfully satisfying their own needs, including the will to control and create.

In just this way, an aspiring scientist who thought he was on the trail of the “will to truth,” which would bring him to the “secret of the universe” has his hopes demolished when and if he finds that the causal interpretations of science are not explanations. I think Nietzsche is plausible in saying that if people want to do physics or mathematics or philosophy, they should realize that they are just playing; there are no values which they can lose in the game yet they can still fulfill their desire to play the game.

Nietzsche’s “attack” on the traditional methods of establishing truth is, in the end and despite his strong language, an improvement and uniting of those methods through a re-evaluation of them There is no struggle for existence between ideas and observations, but only a struggle for supremacy—the vanquished idea is not annihilated, but only driven to the background or subordinated. There is no such thing as annihilation in intellectual spheres. (WP 588) In the first three chapters, we say how Nietzsche explores the limits and inherent dangers of representative statements, whose truths were established in the three ways he considers: those based upon inclusion in a system, those proven by a philosophic search for truth and proof, and those created by men which give satisfaction by meeting their needs.

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