Physics – The Beginning


Physics is a lot more than what one perceives. It includes everything! From the spinning electrons to the spinning galaxies; from the snap of fingers to the ripples of Gravitational Waves; from the Quantum Particles to the Supernovas; Physics is the ultimate explanation to everything.

Physics isn’t just about definitions. It’s about reasons and logic and answers to the questions that are beyond the reach of an ordinary mind.

When we talk about Physics, we need to know when, where, and especially, how and why it came into existence.

The birth of Physics, or for that matter, Science, can be traced back to the Ancient Greece.

It was the Philosopher, Thales of Milletus, in the 7th and 6th century BCE, who refused to accept various supernatural, religious or mythological explanations for natural phenomena and proclaimed that every event had a cause.

He was dubbed as the “Father of Science”.

It was due to the efforts made by Thales of Milletus that a long line of Philosophers, Scientists and Mathematicians emerged out of Ancient Greece and introduced basic laws of physics and other sciences to the world which have been evolving eversince, thus defining and redefining our reality and our understanding of the Universe.

It was during the Classical Period in Greece that Aristotle promoted the concept that observation of physical phenomena could ultimately lead to the discovery of the natural laws governing them.

He attempted to explain ideas such as motion (and gravity) with the theory of four elements. Aristotle believed that all matter was made up of aether, or some combination of four elements: earth, water, air, and fire.

Aristotelian Physics remained the mainstream scientific paradigm in Europe until the time of Galileo Gallilei and Isaac Newton.

We’ll discuss more about Ancient Greece and the beliefs and theories of Philosophers and Scientists from that period.

Hope that will help some of you understand why you don’t have to reach the conclusion that some things are beyond our understanding. It might also help with the “Naming Everything Unknown as God or Devil” Syndrome.

P.S. I believe a little more pedestrian and rudimentary way would help people be a bit more logical and rational!

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