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He thus claimed that a theory need do no more than provide consistently correct predictions. The hypotheses non ﬁngo attitude arises again with quantum mechanics. However, quantum theory’s denial of a straightforward physical reality is an even bigger pill to swallow than a force transmitted through nothingness. Beyond Physics by Analogy In the decades following Newton, engineers learned to build the machines that launched the Industrial Revolution. Chemists moved beyond mystical alchemy, which for centuries had achieved almost nothing.
Though one moves in that direction, it is usually only by small steps. We will always need general principles speciﬁc to each level. 35 36 Quantum Enigma The classic example of a violation of reductionism is the “vital force” once proposed to account for life processes. Life, in this view, emerged at the biological level without an origin in chemistry or physics. Such vitalist thinking led nowhere and, of course, has no standing in today’s biology. 4 Hierarchy of controversy today. Some argue that once the electroscientiﬁc explanation chemical neural correlates of consciousness are understood, there will be nothing left to explain.
Other scientists proposed wave theories of light, but the overwhelming authority of Newton meant that his “corpuscular theory,” that light is a hail of little bodies, dominated for more than 100 years. The Newtonians were in fact more sure of Newton’s corpuscles than was Newton, until about 1800, when Thomas Young showed otherwise. Young was a precocious child who, reportedly, read ﬂuently at the age of two. He was educated in medicine, earned his living as a physician, and was an outstanding translator of hieroglyphics.