All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident: Arthur Schopenhauer -- In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual: Galileo Galilei -- Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it: Albert Einstein -- When you have eliminated the impossible, what ever remains, however improbable must be the truth: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough? Niels Bohr -- Whenever a true theory appears, it will be its own evidence. Its test is that it will explain all phenomena: Ralph Waldo Emerson -- Since the mathematicians invaded Relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore: Albert Einstein -- I would say that the aether is a medium invented by man for the purpose of propagating his misconceptions from one place to another: W.F.G. Swann: -- Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone: Albert Einstein -- Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little: Bertrand Russell -- If I could explain it to the average person, I would not have been worth the Nobel Prize: R. P. Feynman -- I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use: Galileo Galilei -- How dare we speak of the laws of chance? Is not chance the antithesis of all law?: Bertrand Russell -- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I´m not sure about the former: Albert Einstein -- The glory of mathematics is that you don't have to say what you are talking about: Richard Feynman -- Anything is possible if you don´t know what you are talking about: Author Unknown -- In life, everything is relative - except Einstein´s theory: Leonid S. Sukhorukov -- Don´\'t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you´ll have to ram them down people´s throats: Howard Aiken --A day will come undoubtedly when the ether will be discarded as useless: H. Poincaré -- First they tell you you´re wrong and they can prove it; then they tell you you´re right but it isn´t important; then they tell you it´s important but they knew it all along: Charles Kettering -- It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world: Aristotle -- The opposite of a true statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth: Niels Bohr -- A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it: Max Planck -- Euclid taught me that without assumptions there is no proof. Therefore, in any argument, examine the assumptions: Eric Temple Bell -- Half this game is ninety percent mental: Yogi Berra

Role of the Method in Science


Semikov, S. A.


Journal Reprints





Date Published:

February 2009




Occam's razor, MMX, ether, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Sherlock Holmes, Mathematical formalism, Bohr's quantization, Newton, Tsiolkovsky


Semikov_Method in Science[trans]_27Feb(2009)1-5.pdf


REPORT: On the Day of Science in the NRL Museum


Translated to English with Google Translate by Thomas E. Miles


Many scientists believed that the correct method of research plays the main role in the development of science - some general principles that make it possible to adequately establish the relationship of natural phenomena, to find their fundamental principles, in other words, to discover the laws of the world, the truth. There are dozens of people who have made important discoveries and lived in different countries at different times. The only thing that united them was their thinking style. The discoverer was invariably the one who found the correct method of research. Therefore, scientists who understood the system, having made one important discovery, as a rule, continued to make discoveries, often in different, independent areas. Such universal scientists as Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo, Newton, Lomonosov, Tsiolkovsky were called geniuses, versatile gifted people. However, the secret of their success was not so much in personal properties, but in a method equally well applicable in various branches of science (astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology), in invention and even in art. After all, science and art are essentially engaged in the same thing: the search for the relationship of phenomena (in science), sounds (in music), colors and forms (in painting) - the search for harmony, truth. And the proper method was the sure compass in this quest.

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