The historical role of the concept of a law of nature in medieval and early modern physics engendered a view of science as continuous with metaphysics, which has tended to dominate philosophy of nature and of science. Meanwhile, with the development of mathematical methods, the advanced sciences began to focus on the structural characteristics and constraints of models, now generally described in terms of symmetry. Simple historical examples illustrate this trend.
Keywords: history of physics; law of nature; mathematical methods; metaphysics; modern physics; philosophy of science; symmetry
Chapter. 5185 words.
Subjects: Philosophy of Science
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