Summary: vi SIR ARTHUR STANLEY EDDINGTON
2008: A NEW INTRODUCTORY ESSAY
Richard Conn Henry
Every physicist of today should read Eddington's great book--from cover to
cover! "The Nature of the Physical World" was written (for the layman) immediately
following the discovery of quantum mechanics, and Eddington here presents his correct
appreciation of the full implications of that most fundamental ever discovery regarding
the nature of the so-called "physical" world.
Eddington also says (bottom of page 141), and extremely presciently, that "It is
difficult for the matter-of-fact physicist to accept the view that the substratum of
everything is of mental character."
What an understatement! In the year 2008, we live in a world where, sadly, there
is almost no acceptance of this most fundamental discovery: that of the purely mental
nature of the world.
The person most responsible for this dismal state of affairs is undoubtedly Albert
Einstein, whose rejection of quantum mechanics "won the war," despite his losing all the
battles. Einstein (quite properly) proposed experiments to break quantum mechanics--
but, the proposed experiments have subsequently been carried out (most recently in 2007
by Anton Zeilinger and his colleagues), with complete vindication of quantum mechanics.
Eddington (and Sir James Jeans), in their day, were able simply to look at the