[b-hebrew] Stress

Isaac Fried if at math.bu.edu
Sun Oct 7 11:12:46 EDT 2007


We can not go on here with a discussion on the fundamental nature of  
the physical world. It will require of us seven lifetimes, and we  
will be very promptly cut short by the moderators asking that we  
return to Hebrew. Still I will make a brief comment on what you said  
and then rest my case. I will do it since whenever I say something  
which is not in line with the prevailing grammatical wisdom [the  
sacred "consensus"] I am accused of:
1. Bringing "insufficient evidence" to support my claim.
2. Giving no "proof" of my claim.
3. Arguing "unscientifically".
4. Making "silly", "funny" or "silly-funny" [or "funny-silly"]  
You may be right that "Conservation of energy derives in an  
indisputable chain of mathematical logic from characteristics of  
space-time". After all mechanical energy is but the first integral of  
the equation of motion, an integral that includes a conserving  
constant of integration. Still, there is surely "insufficient  
evidence" for the "characteristics of space-time", they are  
axiomatic. However you may logically argue, eventually your argument  
can be retraced to an axiom.
In my opinion conservation of mass is an axiom. It is an axiom that  
denies the existence of material miracles.
We all know that there is even "insufficient evidence" for 1+2=2+1.

Isaac Fried, Boston University

On Oct 7, 2007, at 2:00 AM, Yaakov Stein wrote:

> > As a scientist you should that there is "insufficient evidence"  
> even for such fundamental laws of nature as conservation of energy  
> and conservation of mass.
> Sorry, not even close.
> Conservation of energy derives in an indisputable chain of  
> mathematical logic
> from characteristics of space-time.
> Conservation of mass is a first approximation to conservation of  
> energy
> for low energy interactions.
> However, I don't expect such rigorous proofs here,
> just something more convincing.
> Of course, I purposely chose related words based on )CM,
> but my parable was about the H suffix.
> Y(J)S

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