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terms of the small. Ii is therefore necessary to modify classical ideas in such a way as to give an absolute meaning to size.] last sentence u/l: If there is absolute smallness, how is magnification possible? When one inch is magnified to two inches (with a lens) is each unit of absolute smallness in the (finite) row of such units that make up the inch, doubled in length? Or are the units doubled in number? Or is there simply more space between them? p. 4/9-23 [… Causality applies only to a system which is left undisturbed. If a system is small, we cannot observe it without producing a serious disturbance…]: How does one discover that causality (or anything else, for that matter) applies to what causes be observed? p. 13 : The principle of superposition is of the greatest importance in phenomenology; but precisely on that account it cannot be introduced into a scientific theory without at once violating the principles of identity and contradiction. In consequence of this, Quantum theory is obliged to fall back, in the last resort, on the principle of analogy. See p. 53. p. 15/16-18 [The justification for the whole scheme depends, apart from internal consistency, on the agreement of the final results with experiment.]: This puts the proposed axioms in a queer light. See p. 310. p. 20/27-p. 21/5 [… we shall use the words ‘conjugate complex’ to refer to numbers and other complex quantities which can be split up into real and pure imaginary parts, and the words ‘conjugate imaginary’ for bra and ket vectors, which cannot…]: Kierkegaard: ‘to think a contradiction is… not an easy matter, it is always connected with great difficulties.’ See p. 57. p. 37/34-36 : How can one introduce the Infinitesimal Calculus into a theory that assumes absolute smallness? p. 53/7-9 [However, for some purposes it is more convenient to replace the abstract quantities by sets of numbers with analogous mathematical properties and to work in terms of these sets of numbers.]: What is the mathematical definition of analogy? p. 310/8-11 [The difficulties, being of a profound character, can be removed only by some drastic change in the foundations of the theory, probably a change as drastic as the passage from
Published on Jun 26, 2013
Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...