I’m John Duffield, and I’m just an IT guy. But I’ve always loved physics, and I’ve always had that curiosity about the world and how it works. However back in 2005 I was taken aback when both our then-teenage children gave up all their science subjects, and I learned that the Manchester Maths Tower was being demolished. I also learned that physics A-levels were down 57% in 20 years, and I started to get more interested in what was happening. I didn’t like what I was seeing, and I decided I’d try to do something about it.
Since then I’ve read a great deal of physics material, including a large number of historical papers as well as contemporary papers, some of which don’t get a lot of publicity. I’ve also read books like The Trouble with Physics and Farewell to Reality. Along with Bert Schroer’s 2003 essay Pascual Jordan, his contributions to quantum mechanics and his legacy in contemporary local quantum physics. On page 9 he said this: “in times of stagnation and crisis as the one we presently face in the post standard model era of particle physics, it is helpful to look back at how the protagonists of quantum field theory viewed the future and what became of their ideas and expectations. Perhaps the past, if looked upon with care and hindsight, may teach us where we possibly took a wrong turn and what alternative path was available”. You bet Bert.
My job title for may years was systems analyst. Now I think I ought to write down what I’ve learned. I hope it helps.