English_Master February 7, 2016 No Comments
LIFE WITHOUT DREAMS IS COLOURLESS Does imagination have a scientific and philosophic ba­sis? Scriptures try to tell us that the philosophy and science of the Unreal is as important as the same of the Real. The Bhagavad Gita says what does not exist is unreal and the real never ceases to exist. This is said in the context of the mortal nature of the body with its pleasure and pain, heat and cold and the eternal nature of the soul or the spirit. Although the body exists now, it did not exist in the past before it was born and will not exist after its decay. But the soul is immortal and so is the real thing. Scientifically, what is unreal is imaginary. However, there are examples wherein it can be shown that imaginary con­cepts are as important as the real ones. We come across the first imaginary quantity in mathematics. The square root of a negative quantity is an imaginary quantity. Both mathematics and physics are incomplete without imaginary numbers. Space and time have both real and imaginary manifesta­tions. In order to understand the structure of crystals, crystallographers perform diffraction experiments preferably using X-rays. A diffraction pattern is a map of an imaginary lattice, in contrast to the...
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