A first reading of this book will undoubtedly leave the
reader with many questions in mind, and with few answers immediately
obtainable. As a work which purports to provide a comprehensive yet simplified
understanding of the universe and of reality as we observe it, it will appear
most novel in its development, intricate in its ramifications, and will
challenge the most vivid imagination. Yet, the implications are far-reaching
in their significance and the applications innumerable. The serious reader is
advised to peruse it often, and most of, to THINK.
THE NEW SCIENCE attempts to
provide a fundamental understanding of reality in general, and of our known
universe in particular. It advances a unified concept governing our awareness
of reality, explains the generation of this reality, and describes the factors
which mold it into the numerous forms in which we find it. To some extent it
is not a "first" attempt. For centuries philosophers and scientists have, with
varying degrees of success, framed hypotheses with the same considered
objective. It may be said that such attempts at a unified understanding of the
universe is a natural result of man's inquisitiveness and his searching need
of the ultimate order. THE NEW SCIENCE is unique, however, in bringing into
play not only those factors which are usually considered as physical and
material, but also the more subtle yet no less important influence of the
mental and spiritual.
The work was produced after many years of thought and
investigation. Existing concepts were considered in all their scope and depth.
It is the belief of many that numerous "clues" were obtained from
civilizations much more advanced than ours. Some of the more physical aspects
were confirmed by actual experiment and the less tangible considerations
tested against observable data and evaluated for consistency. At this point, a
few words about the author would seem appropriate.
Wibert Brockhouse Smith was born at Lethbridge, in the
Province of Alberta, Canada on the 17th of February, 1910. He exhibited early
in life an eager interest in the nature of things. At the age of 15, he wrote
a treatise dealing with the controversial concept of perpetual motion. He was
also the author of several scientific novels. After having obtained his S. SC.
And M. Sc. Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Columbia
in 1933 and 1934, he spent four years on the staff of radio station CJOR in
Vancouver, BC, where he became chief engineer. In 1939 he joined the
Department of Transport of Canada, where he continued his work in the field of