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How do famous physicists create their formulas?

by timespeed
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timespeed
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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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Khashishi
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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.
mikeph
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Sep12-13, 01:32 PM
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It starts with observation and insight, not proportionality and constants.

CWatters
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Sep12-13, 06:03 PM
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How do famous physicists create their formulas?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW7DW9NIO9M
ZeroPivot
#5
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
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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.

Claude.
timespeed
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Sep15-13, 03:34 AM
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thank you cwatters


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