The reader will find herein a collection of unsolved problems in mathematics
and the physical sciences. Theoretical and experimental domains have each
been given consideration. The authors have taken a liberal approach in their
selection of problems and questions, and have not shied away from what
might otherwise be called speculative, in order to enhance the opportunities
for scientific discovery.
Progress and development in our knowledge of the structure, form and function
of the Universe, in the true sense of the word, its beauty and power, and
its timeless presence and mystery, before which even the greatest intellect is
awed and humbled, can spring forth only from an unshackled mind combined
with a willingness to imagine beyond the boundaries imposed by that
ossified authority by which science inevitably becomes, as history teaches
us, barren and decrepit.
Revealing the secrets of Nature, so that we truly see 'the sunlit plains extended,
and at night the wondrous glory of the everlasting stars', requires
far more than mere technical ability and mechanical dexterity learnt form
books and consensus. The dustbin of scientific history is replete with discredited
consensus and the grand reputations of erudite reactionaries. Only
by boldly asking questions, fearlessly, despite opposition, and searching for
answers where most have not looked for want of courage and independence
of thought, can one hope to discover for one's self. From nothing else can
creativity blossom and grow, and without which the garden of science can
only aspire to an overpopulation of weeds.
Category: Mathematical Physics