By Palle Yourgrau
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Time, Einstein insisted, was physically real only to the extent that it could be measured by a clock. ) Since physical experimentation demonstrated that not all clocks could be definitively synchronized, Einstein declared that time was not after all absolute, as Newton had believed, but rather relative to the frame of reference of the clock by which it was measured. " For the positivists, the success of this theory meant that the tenets of their credo made for good science, while their rejection could lead to bad philosophy or a scientific dead end.
For Einstein, the rejection of absolute space and time was merely a statement about the physical world. It was much more, however, to the Vienna Circle. As much a religion as a scientific methodology, positivism denied that science or philosophy, with the help of mathematics, could provide a Weltbild, or worldview, a picture or account of ultimate reality. They could only supply the scientist with a method of calculation and prediction. In addition to rejecting the task of providing a metaphysical picture of reality-the very goal of philosophy itself as it has been historically practiced-the positivist confined his epistemology to direct sensory experience, rejecting any claims for insight into, or intuition of, the concepts of the theorist or the abstract objects 32 I A WORLD WITHOUT TIME of the mathematician.
Unsurprisingly, therefore, this branch of mathematics is a breeding ground for Platonists, who like Plato believe in the objective, independent existence of ideal, disembodied "forms," of which the natural numbers are a paradigm. These are no more subject to the arbitrary manipulations of the human will than the distant stars, which we observe but cannot touch. ") Godel's journey from physics to mathematical logic took place just as the new field was coming into its own as a well-established intellectual enterprise, although, truth be told, logic remains to this day in the eyes of many mathematicians a poor relation, not quite mathematics, not quite philosophy.
A World Without Time: The Forgotten Legacy Of Godel And Einstein by Palle Yourgrau