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NATURE|Vol 436|7 July 2005 ESSAY ThementalUniverse

Summary: NATURE|Vol 436|7 July 2005 ESSAY
The only reality is mind and observations, but observations are not of things. To see the Universe as it
really is, we must abandon our tendency to conceptualize observations as things.
Richard Conn Henry
Historically, we have looked to our reli-
gious leaders to understand the meaning
of our lives; the nature of our world. With
Galileo Galilei, this changed. In establish-
ing that the Earth goes around the Sun,
Galileo not only succeeded in believing
the unbelievable himself, but also con-
vinced almost everyone else to do the
same. This was a stunning accomplish-
ment in `physics outreach' and, with the
subsequent work of Isaac Newton, physics
joined religion in seeking to explain our
place in the Universe.
The more recent physics revolution of


Source: Henry, Richard C.- Department of Physics and Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University


Collections: Physics