Wolfgang’s Weekly

3 August 2022

A very long time ago, when applying to Cornell University as a prospective freshman, the question was put to me on the application form what I wanted to major in, and why. My answer was that I wished to major in physics “because I believe that physics is the key to understanding the universe.” Well, I no longer think so, and have in fact become persuaded that the matter stands just the other way round: that in order to “understand physics,” one needs first to attain a certain insight concerning the universe:  an ontological  insight, to be precise.

—Excerpt from Physics: A Science in Quest of an Ontology