Speaking of complicating and the ways to achieve it, we may begin to wonder what was the ulterior motive behind it. As named before lack of new areas to explore was one but was it the only one?.Definitely not. Industrial pressure played a predominant role. People began to face many problems when applying abstract concepts to real word situations and more often than not, the results were unpredictable.
Necessity, of course, the mother of all inventions. Further, what is all the more interesting is the result of such diversification and the convergence. Lets take two fields just to analyse the whole process.
Fluid Mechanics :
We all know that we start with the navier stokes equation for laminar flow, the stokes law for 1D, 2D, 3D flow and then move on to various factors like viscosity, gradients,et la and finally hit a road block when we realise that no flow is truly laminar.
Thus we start with turbulent flows, introducing various other factors in predicting the behavior of turbulence, which is of course what the industry requires. Softwares to developed to give a rough view of what actually was but all were mere approximations of what they really were.
My friend, one of the fundu’s in this field went on to explain, despite all these developments one is yet unable to find the fundamental relationship between stress and strain.
This is one field which is as old as human civilizations are. We started of with mere bartering, moved on to gold and silver coins and then to paper currency. Standards began to be defied, gold bullions were thrown out of the window and people needed more and more ways to invest money on.
Real Estates, Gold and Sole proprietorship were no longer considered as fashion and there came equities trading.Followed were what we know as options,mutual funds ,futures to commodity exchanges. Did that satisfy?? Not again, today we live on artificial assets, index predictions what not.Softwares play a major role here again from trend calculations to futures predictions.
But again, coming to the core of it,all that man wanted was to make more and more and more money at lesser and lesser risks involved.
If you have begun to wonder to what point I’m driving at, the answer is by the process of starting with simple equations moving on to complex systems and converging back to the need to know in expressible form, what is the motor that drives the world has always been the goal of man.
Progress is the name for it.
Progress from goal to another, from amateurishness to perfection,from ignorance to wisdom, from fear to confidence, from slave to master,from darkness to light. Progress, my friends, is what we should thrive to achieve at the stake of ourselves, at the stake of everything. Progress is that motor that drives the world and progress is anyone’s truest desire.
Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya