April 27th, 2013

Prigogine: The new alliance

About the conviction that nature, despite the blinding multiplicity of its forms, is governed by simple laws, Whitehead, like Needham, insisted on the essential role of the religious factor in the beginning of modern science. Only this strange product of mediaeval thought, a rational and immutable God, creating and providential, could create and organise a world based on rational principles constituting the intelligible and permanent foundations, justifying and explaining in all their smallest details each particular and event and the future development of each individual entity.”