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Jeans, Sir James - The Mysterious Universe - Spirit

Identifier

002971

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Sir James Jeans probably came closest to recognising the fundamental nature of the systems of the universe – the software when he wrote;

A description of the experience

Sir James Jeans – The Mysterious Universe

The terrestrial pure mathematicien does not concern himself with material substance, but with pure thought.  His creations are not only created by thought but consist of thought, just as the creations of the engineer consist of engines.  And the concepts which now prove to be fundamental to our understanding of nature – a space which is finite; a space which is ‘empty’, so that one point differs from another solely in the properties of the space itself; … a space which forever expands; a sequence of events which can only be fully and consistently described by going outside space and time – all these seem to my mind to be structures of pure thought, incapable of realisation in any sense which would properly be described as material

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This concept of the universe as a world of pure thought throws new light on many situations we have encountered in our survey of modern physics. We can now see how the aether, in which all the events of the universe take place, could reduce to a mathematical abstraction, and become as abstract and as mathematical as parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude.  We can also see why energy, the fundamental entity of the universe, had again to be treated as a mathematical abstraction – the constant of integration of a differential equation

The source of the experience

Jeans, Sir James

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Matrix, the

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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