Stanko Blatnik in Tuzla?
Thank you for your letter. Are you in Tuzla, Bosnia? I am here today and
also Friday, teaching mathematics. It would be great to meet. My telephone
is 0623 82131 I am at the American University.
> Dear Franz,--
> I really do not to discuss to much, but I wanted to point some elements
> which I found important.
> 1) concerning science: it did not give answers to many problems because it
> became bureaucratic. Look at calls and application forms. There are so
> many unimportant things you have to write to get money-usually one year
> after proposal was sent. Such approach supports some para-governmental
> organizations which are helping to prepare proposals, reports and are
> lobbying in the centres of power (our Institute could nicely live writing
> proposals for others). The project are report and not result oriented. I
> wrote some time ago that Einstein could not get any money for his work in
> relativity because he had not any reference and there was not European
> dimension in his research.
> The way out is to try to make step backwards to see how science was
> working at the begin of 20 century when best people were sitting together
> at Solvay congresses trying to solve the problems of quantum mechanics.
> I could write a lot about it. Maybe we will try to start different type of
> on-line scientific journals???
> Anyway we have to go out of the Apply or Die! and Publish or Perish!
> 2) concerning local manufacturing
> I spent a part of my career in manufacturing organizations. It is not so
> simple. I believe only in "saving economy" where we are trying to consume
> less of material goods and spend more of "spiritual goods". We have to go
> out of "fordism" which caused 1929 crisis and is cause of present one.
> 3) about global village
> As Florida said the world is not flat, the geography is extremely
> important. 48 locations (with 18% of world population) in the world
> produce 2/3 of wealth, 9 from 10 innovations came from these locations.
> So what could do we who are not in Silicon Valley or Shanghai? Here I
> believe telematics is solution and open source approach is solution. In
> October we had eFest at Velenje (www.efest.si). We had speakers form
> Silicon Valley to Moscow, most of them were online, or sent video or some
> other type of presentation. It works perfectly (with some technical
> problems of course). For me most important experience from this event was
> that it is possible to organize such event (two weeks of events) in few
> weeks. That all people invited were working hard to prepare its
> presentation and nobody did not ask for any compensation. As president
> Truman said: "It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who
> gets the credit."
> And that is the way out for us who do not live and work in 48 most
> productive regions on the world.
> To network with regions similar to ours and some of the most productive
> regions. To liberate creative potentials of all inhabitants of region and
> provide the basis of sustainable development.
> The only problem is that we have not to much time.
> From: Franz Nahrada <f.nahrada@...>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Sunday, November 2, 2008 11:25:27 AM
> Subject: [minciu_sodas_en] Margaret Wertheim on Knowing Everything
> One of the most interesting articles I recently read was this piece from
> Edge magazines "World Question Center" 2005. Especially in the light of
> the rightful aspiration to "know everything and apply it usefully".
> MARGARET WERTHEIM
> Science writer and Commentator; Author, Pythagoras' Trousers
> http://www.edge org/q2005/ q05_4.html
> "For the past few decades theoretical physicists have been searching for a
> so-called "Theory of Everything," what Nobel laureate Stephen Weinberg has
> also called a "Final Theory." This "ultimate" set of equations that would
> tie together all the fundamental forces which physicists recognize
> today—the four essential powers of gravity, electromagnetism, and the
> nuclear forces inside the cores of atoms. But such theory—if we are lucky
> enough to extract it from the current mass of competing contenders—would
> not tell us anything about how proteins form or how DNA came into being.
> Less still would it illuminate the machinations of a living cell, or the
> workings of the human mind. Frankly, a "theory of everything" would not
> even help us to understand how snowflakes form."
> "Knowing Everything" might have a different meaning, and that is what I
> would like to provoque. Maybe in Margaret Wertheims own words?
> "Some years ago the science writer John Horgan wrote a marvelously
> provocative book in which he suggested that science was coming to an end,
> all the major theoretical edifices now supposedly being in place. Horgan
> was right in one sense, for high-energy physics may be on the verge of
> achieving its final unification. But in so many other areas, science is
> just beginning. Only now are we acquiring the scientific tools and
> techniques to begin to investigate how our atmosphere works, how
> ecological systems function, how genes create proteins, how cells evolve,
> and how brains work. The very success of "fundamental science" has opened
> doors undreamed of by earlier generations and in many ways it seems there
> is more than ever that we do not know. At a time when journals tout
> theories about how to create entire universes it is easy to imagine that
> science has grasped the whole of reality. In truth our ignorance is
> vast—and personally I believe it will always be so. "
> "Nicholas of Cusa insists we can know a great deal and that science and
> mathematics will take our knowledge forward. Our ignorance then can be
> ever more learned. Not omniscience then, but an ever more subtle and
> insightful unknowing is the goal that Cusa advocated."
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I have a lot of troubles at Velenje (financial problem at Instittue), so I am not sure when I will come to Tuzla. I will inform you on time.