Topic: science as mathematics

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empirical truth
history of science
law of nature
Newtonian physics
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quantum electrodynamics
reality is a machine
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science as measurement
scientific method
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Subtopic: science as mathematics up

Quote: in the realm of ideas, the reproducible ideas are mathematical objects; similar to science being about reproducible, physical results [»daviPJ_1981]
Quote: the mathematical abstractions of general relativity enlarge the scope of objective description and eliminate subjective elements [»bohrN_1958]
Quote: philosophy is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometrical figures
Quote: engineers depend on theorems when they 'plug in' a value and rely on a particular physical interpretation of the result [»demiRA_1977]
Quote: mathematical physics directs generalization; it allows scientists to select the important experiments
Quote: perhaps quantum phenomena and relativity theory can not be unified: different mathematical domains, even false theories can be amazingly accurate [»wignEP2_1960]
Quote: neither calculations nor machines can replace the mathematician. They can find order but not unexpected order [»poinH_1908, OK]

Subtopic: reality as mathematical, universal up

Quote: the results of mathematical science can agree with reality as accurately as do commercial calculations
Quote: Galileo saw mathematics as essential to physics and reading the great book of nature
Quote: mathematical analysis is a language for learning the internal harmony of the world, the only true objective reality
Quote: how can mathematics be so admirably appropriate to reality; by not being certain [»einsA_1923]
Quote: objects at all distances increase at the same ratio, whether seen through a telescope or not; e.g., consider rods at varying distances and sizes whose ends line up [»galiG_1623]
Quote: arithmetic laws are the laws of the laws of nature
Quote: a perfect, material sphere and a perfect, material plane would touch in just one point in the same way that a mathematical plane touches a mathematical sphere
Quote: atomic numbers allow an understanding of nature as pure numbers
Quote: Pythagoras discovered that chords are pleasant when in ratios of small integers; first numerical relationship in nature outside of geometry [»feynRP_1963]

Subtopic: laws of nature up

Quote: universal rules--natural motion follows mechanical laws, independence of body and soul, body and souls are everywhere [»leibGW5_1705]
Quote: mechanical laws are never violated in natural motion; force and direction are always conserved
Quote: the acceleration of straight motion in heavy bodies proceeds according to the odd numbers beginning from one; i.e., the spaces passed over are to each other as the squares of the times [»galiG_1632]
Quote: an accelerating object travels half the distance as an object in uniform motion at the final velocity; probably the first mathematical integration applied to mechanics [»galiG_1632]
Quote: define a world-wide standard for the acceleration of naturally falling, heavy bodies; first world-wide standard of measure [»galiG_1638]

Subtopic: complex behavior from simple equations up

Quote: there is tremendous variety of behavior from the equations for viscous fluid flow with just one parameter; how much more is possible with more complex equations! [»feynRP_1964]
Quote: the complexities of things can easily and dramatically escape the simplicity of the equations which describe them
Quote: instruction modification is more important than subsequences; allows a short program to carry out a very long sequence of instructions

Subtopic: Babylonian mathematics up

Quote: unlike the Euclidean method, the Babylonian idea is to remember enough to work something out or reconstruct what is needed [»feynR_1965]
Quote: physicists do Babylonian mathematics because different formulations of the same law give different clues for related laws [»feynR_1965]

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Topic: history of science (52 items)
Topic: law of nature (28 items)
Topic: Newtonian physics (79 items)
Topic: physics (51 items)
Topic: physics as computation (31 items)
Topic: quantum electrodynamics (34 items)
Topic: reality is a machine (48 items)
Topic: science as experiment (38 items)
Topic: science as measurement (36 items)
Topic: scientific method (42 items)
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