From quarks to galactical societies

Subtitle: Evolution of matter from elementary particles to galactical societies

Kossuth Könyvkiadó, 1975

An open letter to the reader

"My dear reader!

I write this open letter instead of a foreword as an excuse, and perhaps as a little help. I don’t want to excuse myself because of the pompous title (and subtitle) of my book, since I wish to provide just that what is covered by the titles: a uniform image on the organisation of matter, its organisational hierarchy, its path of development by considering that nature is a rounded whole, only man tore it to pieces by the different branches of science. Man did this because he was not capable of dealing simultaneously with the whole,  with its infinite varieties, multisided forms and complex laws. Nature should be cut into pieces, and the pieces could be investigated, analysed in order to get acquainted with the laws of the universe.

Such a cutting into pieces is only an early part of the forced path on the way leading to recognition. The objective is by all means to get acquainted with the relationships, laws and functioning of the world as a whole, to survey it in its totality. I tried to realise something similar in this book. To provide a uniform picture on nature by means of organisational hierarchy and the laws of evolution.

However, this beautiful task has its internal contradictions. It contains the results of various branches of science, from nuclear physics  to astronomy, from chemistry to biology, from geology to philosophy. For whom did I write this book then? For you, dear reader, being physicist or physical worker, poet or accountant, doctor or cybernetician. For you, whoever you are, because if you read this book, then you are interested in its subject. I intend to transfer the thoughts of this book  to everybody who can open their minds not only to everyday life, but also to the farther spheres of space and time.

To get new knowledge is only possible by building on earlier ones. But this knowledge is different man by man and profession by profession. At moving on such a broad territory it is hardly possible to find a uniform basic knowledge onto which a new building of knowledge could be founded. This book contains mainly results and knowledge not taught yet even at the universities. A further problem is that it is not enough to reporting on new knowledge, it should also be proven in a credible way. This is why in this book numerous data, proofs and explanations are to be found. But I do not consider them the essence of this book. I tell for every reader if he/she finds some parts known, dull or difficult for him/her, he/she should turn over these pages. What I see as essential is the attitude, to notice that only one, undividable nature exists, and the laws of this whole control every living being. If the book is good, the inherencies should be undersrtandable to the reader also without the concrete data.

Short summaries are to be found after the first and second part as well. To read the summary of the first part provides a basis for a superficial understanding of the second part. Reading both summaries helps to understand the third part. The book is constructed this way that the reader could weigh the material according to his/her interest and taste.

However, this does not mean that the book has not a logical and consequent setting up from the first chapter to the last one, and of course, I would be very glad if more readers read the book from the first letter to the last one."

Budapest, 29 October, 1972

The author