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How do famous physicists create their formulas?

  1. Sep 12, 2013 #1
    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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    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.
  4. Sep 12, 2013 #3
    It starts with observation and insight, not proportionality and constants.
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  6. Sep 13, 2013 #5
    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).
  7. Sep 13, 2013 #6

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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.

  8. Sep 15, 2013 #7
    thank you cwatters
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