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Great Expectations

Michael Munowitz

in Knowing

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195167375
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199787104 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167375.003.0001
Great Expectations

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This chapter presents two critical points to bear in mind right from the start: (1) never take for granted the apparent willingness of nature to yield to reason, and (2) never expect to find a one-size-fits-all equation of motion or theory of everything under the Sun. Different phenomena call for different models, and the secret of scientific success is to develop a sense of reasonableness and proportion — an ability to appreciate scale and scope, to ask the right questions, to make the appropriate simplifications.

Keywords: equation of motion; physical theory; physics; science

Chapter.  2092 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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