Profesor Investigador del Colegio de Física y del Posgrado en Física Aplicada de la Facultad de Ciencias Físico Matemáticas en la B. Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Me encuentro adscrito al cuerpo académico de Física Médica.
The principle of science, the
definition almost, is the following: The test of all knowledge is
experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific truth. But
what is the source of knowledge? Where do the laws that are to be
tested come from? Experiment, itself, helps to produce these laws,
in the sense that it gives us hints. But also needed is
imagination to create from these hints the great generalizations
to guess at the wonderful, simple, but very strange patterns
beneath them all. and then to experiment to check again whether we
made the right guess.
[Again,] the most drastic simplifying assumptions must be made before we can
even think about the flow of gases and arrive at equations which are amenable
to treatment. Our whole science lives on highly-idealised concepts and in-
genious abstractions and approximations. We should remember this in all
modesty at all times, especially when somebody claims to have obtained “the
right answer” or “the exact solution”. At the same time, we must acknowledge
and admire the intuitive art of those scientists to whom we owe the many
useful concepts and approximations with which we work [page 23].
Dietrich Küchemann, The Aerodynamic Design of Aircraft. Pergamon Press, Oxford, 1978. (diseñador de las alas del Concorde)