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How do famous physicists create their formulas?

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Sep12-13, 12:58 AM
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So how does one create a formula. I've seen that it starts with proportionalities and constants, but how does one connect a constant to a proportionality? Can you provide a step by step example?
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Sep12-13, 01:30 PM
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I think you need to be a little more specific. Like, how did Newton come up with the formula ##F=ma##? Still, I don't see what you are trying to get at here.
Sep12-13, 01:32 PM
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It starts with observation and insight, not proportionality and constants.

Sep12-13, 06:03 PM
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How do famous physicists create their formulas?
Sep13-13, 07:09 AM
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they look into a cristalball and then they smoke ganja and pray to Manon. And then the formula just shows up in their dream in bright hot magenta (new times roman font).
Claude Bile
Sep13-13, 07:13 AM
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Famous or no, either one fits a formula to experimental observations (called empyrical formulae), or they are derived from more fundamental facts/assertions, where they are then subsequently tested against observation.

Sep15-13, 03:34 AM
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thank you cwatters

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