Old Physics for New
|Author||Thomas E Phipps|
|Publisher||C. Roy Keys Inc. (Apeiron)|
From the author of Heretical Verities, a study more sharply focused on the sins of relativity theory. Where physicists see transcendent beauty, Phipps finds institutionalized ugliness. Where field theorists have eyes only for the glitter of Maxwell and Einstein, he commends the subtler attractions of the Cinderella of modern electromagnetic theory, Heinrich Hertz. - From the Foreword by [/php2/index.php?tab0=Scientists&tab1=Display&id=541 Dr. David F. Roscoe]
These few words of introduction are primarily directed at those readers who are not familiar either with Tom Phipps? singular style of scientiﬁc prose or, more importantly, with his rigorously applied view that, when theorizing about the world around us, we must pay absolute attention to the practicalities of the measurement processes by which the quantities involved in this theorizing are measured. Let me talk about the Phippsian prose style ﬁrst: the common experience upon reading a scientiﬁc text is to be confronted by a ﬁnished article?that is, by a text from which all sense of intellectual journeying has been exorcised, cleansed, deleted. The experience may be necessary but it is rarely exciting and never invigorating?it becomes merely a job that must be done, a dusty dry road along which weary feet must be dragged. But Phipps refutes this puritanical model; he is renaissance man?the man who glories in the splendour of the written word and its capacity to illuminate the obscure, and to decorate the plain. And so the experience of reading Phippsian scientiﬁc prose is not unlike that of reading a good detective novel?the dim detective, the obvious clues overlooked, the false trail followed, the unsolved crime written up as solved so that the bureaucrat can sleep his dreamless sleep and, ﬁnally, Sherlock Holmes with his pipe and Dr. Watson.
Book Review, I. J. Good, Physics Essays, V21, N4, pp. 313-314.