Scientific research method in Physics

The most significant problem of physics research is the logic of the unknown. Some concepts of General and Modern Physics attack common sense and distort scientific research methodology.

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Author: José Tiberius



4.a.3. Physics research

Physics should be a science presenting fewer problems because of its subject. If Newton’s apple falls to the ground, it falls regardless of the ideologies or interests of any kind. However, the interpretation of reality can vary for diverse reasons. The theories and knowledge of physics have changed throughout history, and at times, completely disproving the previous theory.

Some apples have fallen after thousands of years, like the dance of the planets. Perhaps the leading cause of this fall was that everyone already knew it and, therefore, there were no powerful interests –military or commercial– in continuing to hide.

Galileo and the Inquisition (Public domain image)
Galileo represents science in its opposition to the Holy Inquisition.

The biggest problem of the physics research is the new theories because basic definitions are never deductive and they deal with the unknown. There will always be a set of alternative theories proposing adventurous solutions, and the population in general will take years or decades to assimilate the complexity of its era.

An illustrative example of the topic is the ancient witches in which we all have the concept of the pseudo-scientific explanations in order to gain power in the tribe. Nevertheless, if we analyze it from the point of view of their era, we would then realize that they were true modern scientists.

Let us look next at some concepts of Classical and Modern Physics that attack common sense and distort the methodology of science by dulling the argumentation in the subject.

  • Classical physics

    • The potential gravitational energy - Negative energies

      The potential gravitational energy of mass m in a point of space is the effort that the gravitational field exerts to move mass m from said point to infinity. According to the definition, the potential energy is always negative, and its maximum is always zero. It does not help the mind when thinking about it.

      The relationship between gravity, potential gravitational energy, kinetics, and electromagnetism sets one to think about the true nature of gravity.

      When something does not seem like sure science, solutions are required to be able to progress. The existence of negative energies, conventionally or not, is an excellent example of what not to do with a suitable methodology of physics since a conflict presents itself in primary references to the brain when arranging concepts.

    • Bond energy

      Bond energy releases when protons and neutrons join to form an atomic nucleus. It would be better to give the name of released energy rather than bond energy since precisely this energy is not present in the bonds of an atomic nucleus.

      This case is not as severe as those previously mentioned, but the concepts and titles that do not correspond to the meanings of the words defy all logical reasoning, especially if it is common practice and if the meaning is precisely the opposite to expected.

As a rule, negative elements in physics unfold the brain limits in complex reasoning.

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