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What is everything made of? How do things change and how do they work? What is life? In The Nature of Nature, visionary scientist Irv Dardik tackles these questions by introducing his discovery of SuperWaves, a singular wave phenomenon whose design generates what we experience as matter, space, time, motion, energy, and order and chaos.
Simply put, the SuperWaves principle states that the fundamental stuff of nature is waves—waves waving within waves, to be exact. Dardik challenges the rationality of accepting a priori that the universe is made of discrete particles. Instead, by drawing from his own discovery of a unique wave behavior and combining it with scientific facts, he shows that every single thing in existence—from quantum particles to entire galaxies—is waves waving in the unique pattern he calls SuperWaves.
The discovery of SuperWaves and the ideas behind it, while profound, can be intuitively grasped by every reader, whether scientist or layperson. Touching on everything from quantum physics to gravity, to emergent complexity and thermodynamics, to the origins of health and disease, it shows that our health, and the health of the environment and civilization, depend upon our understanding SuperWaves.
The Nature of Nature is an absorbing account that combines Dardik’s contrarian look at the history of science with philosophical discussion, his own groundbreaking research, and hope for the future.
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About the Author
Irving Dardik is a former vascular surgeon at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, founding chairman of the U.S. Olympic Sports Medicine Council, scientific iconoclast and pioneer, and the creator of the SuperWave Principle. He was featured in Making Waves, published in 2005 by Rodale.
Estee Dardik Lichter, Irv Dardik's daughter, graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and attended New York University's Science, Health, and Environmental Reporting Program. She devotes her time to writing with her father and lives in New York with her family.
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Living with Nature
In the following two chapters, I tell the story of how the assumption that nature takes the design of a whole made of parts* entered our worldview with force and permanence. It is the story of how this hypothesis first arose and was then "proven" by experience-how it was a natural guess based on the design of our sensory perceptions, sank into unconscious acceptance because it was so practical, became a worldview, and eventually seemed so fully confirmed by the success of civilization that it became our theory of the universe.
As we go through this story, however, we will never lose sight of the fact that "nature is a whole made of parts" is still an assumption. Unacknowledged assumptions and preconditions to understanding are the bane of rational thinking. Nobel laureate physicist Louis de Broglie, the man who discovered that all matter has wave characteristics, has said that "history shows clearly that the advances of science have always been frustrated by the tyrannical influences of certain preconceived notions which were turned into unassailable dogmas. For that reason alone, every serious scientist should periodically make a profound reexamination of his basic principles."1
I am suggesting that the notion of nature as a whole made of parts is and has been a powerful preconception that has shaped scientific thinking for millennia. Although some have been aware of it (Albert Einstein said that "it is an outcome of faith that nature—as she is perceptible to our five senses-takes the character of such a well formulated puzzle"2), rarely do we recognize, to use de Broglie's words, the "tyrannical influence" it has.
The precondition that nature is a whole made of parts dictates that we process information about the world through one specific perspective to the exclusion of any other possibility. *In this case and for the duration of the book, I use the word design to refer to the pattern of organization of nature. I am only talking about nature itself, as we perceive it to be. The word design in this case should not be mistaken for design in a supernatural sense, as is used in arguments over "intelligent design."
Table of Contents
Note from the Publisher ix
Introduction: The Discovery of SuperWaves and How it Changes Everything xi
Part 1 Living with Nature
Chapter 1 The Universality of Rhythms 3
Chapter 2 The Beginnings of Scientific Civilization 9
Part 2 How Science Developed from the Puzzle Hypothesis
Prelude The Origin of the Scientific Method 28
Chapter 3 Matter-What Is It? 35
Chapter 4 Motion-How Does It Work? 49
Chapter 5 Laws-What Holds Everything Together, and Why Do Things Fall Apart? 75
Part 3 Where Do We Stand Today?
Prelude Do We Have a Theory of Everything? 90
Chapter 6 Where Do We Stand Today with Regard to Matter? 92
Chapter 7 Where Do We Stand Today with Regard to Motion? 100
Chapter 8 Are the Laws Bringing Us Closer to a Theory of Everything? 117
Part 4 The Discovery of the Nature of Nature
Prelude A Final Commonality-Waves 138
Chapter 9 My Story 142
Chapter 10 Tragedy Yields Discovery 148
Chapter 11 The Three Principles of Waves Waving 169
Chapter 12 Cell Cycles 186
Chapter 13 The Quantum Explained: The Resolution of Wave-Particle Duality 197
Chapter 14 Laws: The Quantum and Thermodynamics 224
Chapter 15 The Origin of Health and Disease 241
Chapter 16 SuperWaves, the Environment, and the Origin and Survival of Life 269
Chapter 17 The Solar System, the Galaxies, and the Nature of Gravity 278
Part 5 The Future
Chapter 18 A New Beginning 293
Source Notes 303