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Text And Translation: Physics As Art

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Physics, the greatest of all arts, has always held the title of mere science. In this chapter, the author shows that the current appearance of a great distancing of a considerable part of (physics) from the path is a necessary piece, which man has to move through in order to arrive where he departed. The author attempts to make a few claims about the manner in which this return could be derived as fruitfully as possible, by way of calculation so to speak, from part of the path already trodden. The chapter explains how one should tend to speak of an art when its final heights still have not yet been reached, and when physics in its totality has never aimed for anything other than the realization of that greatest life and activity. Thus, without ceremony, the author gives physics the name of an art, and a higher art than all the rest.

Keywords: art; physics



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