Author:Alan Lightman
Topics:Quotes about Science

Quote by Alan Lightman : “The deep question is Why”

The deep question is: Why does nature embody so much symmetry? We do not know the full answer to this question. However, we have some partial answers. Symmetry leads to economy, and nature, like human beings, seems to prefer economy. If we think of nature as a vast ongoing experiment, constantly trying out different possibilities of design, then those designs that cost the least energy or that require the fewest different parts to come together at the right time will take precedence, just as the principle of natural selection says that organisms with the best ability to survive will dominate over time.One physical principle that governs nature over and over is the energy principle – Alan Lightman