Why convergent science?

Π has adopted the philosophy of a convergent science approach because a convergent science approach, or rather a cross-disciplinary, cross-perspective approach, is necessary in addressing emerging technologies that require a knowledge and understanding of the dimensions that are of the nanoscale (10-9 meters) and below. At the nanoscale, the macroscopic rules that modulate the properties of bulk materials are irrelevant and the fundamental quantized properties emerge, giving opportunities to control these properties and build on them in such a systematic way that these properties can be retained in the bulk material. The nanoscale also approaches the dimensional limits of the simple building blocks that make up life, and at this fundamental scale, all the laws of philosophy and science (philosophical investigations) converge and synergize. Π believes that it is to this converged school of thought that we must return to, armed with the knowledge that has been accumulated over the years, to reassess the interpretation of our understanding the fundamental properties of quantized materials and broaden the experimental approaches that have led to the rules of science that we have developed for use today.

Nanotechnology, one of the foundations of our technical expertise at Π, requires the knowledge of how to build a phenomenon or property into a material from the "bottom up" – through an exploitation of the either the particle-like or wavelike properties of nanosized architectures of building blocks. That is why the Π paradigm brings together the independent R&D areas of the technical (physics, engineering, biology, chemistry, computer, mathematics, medicine) and social (social and psychological) sciences with philosophical minds" capable of adroit thought, understanding, and an ability of coalescing the disconnected sciences, to spearhead the evolution of empirical approaches that leads to new understandings of the world we live in, and the uncovering of novel phenomena that can be further used as platforms for the creation of (i) scientific concept(s) leading to technological advancements that leads to the betterment of life, and (ii) of social concepts that lead to the betterment of our societal quality of life, with the aim of developing equity from such concepts.

The mechanism that leads to the aforementioned outcomes hinges on the capacity for Π to maintain itself as an environment where intellectuals of disparate disciplines and environments (academia, industry and government) can integrate to discuss, conceptualize, develop, and build collaborations and partnerships in R&D areas that overlap with Π's mission, or that provide mechanism(s) to enhance the production of equity through rapid dissemination of advances engendered from such R&D.