|Major breakthroughs in theoretical physics are
often marked by unifications in our understanding, either of the
forces of nature (as in the case of Maxwell) or of our
conceptual frameworks – our paradigms.
Historically, each of these unifications has led to profound
benefits for humanity, as we absorb its ramifications and
discover creative ways to apply our newfound power. In
some cases (especially electromagnetism, quantum mechanics,
special relativity and Newtonian gravity) the impact on
technology, the economy, and society has been so vast and far
reaching as to be virtually incalculable. In all cases,
most of the benefits were completely unforeseen. It was
only known that “this is going to be big.”
The Power of Ideas is an interactive learning module designed to
help you understand these paradigm shifts – exactly what about
our conceptual frameworks was unified, and the transformative
effect it has had on our world.
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Ideas make the world go round. And many of the most potently
beneficial are born of science, especially theoretical physics.
That’s because theoretical physics seeks to understand at the
deepest level what the universe is made of and how it works.
The better we understand nature the more potent our ideas to
shape the world we live in will be. This understanding
also lays the foundation for many other branches of science to
build on, and in turn generate powerful ideas of their own.