Wolfgang Smith [b 1930] is a nuclear physicist and mathematician who has also written on philosophy, religion, and metaphysics from the perspective of traditionalism or perennialism. As a young man, he spent two years in India and studied under Sw. Nikhilananda and also met Sri Anandamayi Ma. He took from the French philosopher René Guénon the idea of whole-s and how a (physical) whole is not just the sum of its infinitesimal parts – there is an Aristotelian substantial form inherent (in-forming) and causally related to the whole. A recent film about him (Wolfgang Smith) has recently been made: ‘The End of Quantum Mechanics’ (obviously all lay and not scientifically savvy people will not have a clue about what goes on in the discussions by several physicists in the film).
WS refers to Werner Heisenberg and quantum theories, stating that, according to the former, quantum particles constitute something midway between being and nonbeing which, as such, are reminiscent of Aristotelian potentiae. Thus, an original idea of WS is that there is a corporeal realm that is different from the physical realm. He also speaks of horizontal causation and vertical causation, the latter involving space but not time.
WS holds that the theory of the Big Bang has been disproved.
I feel sure the contents of what I am posting here will be appealing to at least Ramesam and Shyshia.
(From an interview in academia.edu by Samuel Sotillos).
WS: Well, I am glad you raised this question, as it touches upon a very important issue. I must admit that until a few years ago, I was among those who regarded the physics of Albert Einstein – in its main affirmations, at least- as sacrosanct. I was amazed therefore to find that this proves not to be the case. In the first place, as you have mentioned, it turns out that the formula E=mc2 which Einstein derived from his special theory of relativity, is in fact implicit in the classical Newton-Maxwell physics, and actually appeared in the journal literature prior to the advent of Einsteinian relativity. Einstein himself admitted the fact in a book published in 1950 [‘Out of My Later Years’] – but by then the harm had been done: the whole world, just about, had been converted to Einsteinian relativity largely on the strength of his fateful formula. Moreover, when I began thus to look more critically into Einsteinian physics, I discovered, to my great surprise, that there were experiments, dated back to 1913, which appeared to falsify the theory, while it turns out that experimental findings which are said to support it, proved, on closer scrutiny, to be problematic. It appears there is not a single experimental result that unequivocally substantiates Einsteinian relativity.