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If all science was to disappear, which 1 scientific theory/formulae would you save?

  1. May 22, 2004 #1
    Title says it all!
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  3. May 22, 2004 #2
    F = ma

    Probably the most practical for a time immediately following the loss of all other scientific formulas.
  4. May 22, 2004 #3
    Good one!

    I must say, I'm expecting sum1 to create a forumula with as many different aspects of physics in it post it ... but then again...whose Italics[that] bothered?
  5. May 22, 2004 #4
    Personally - Theory of Evolution has to be one of the top 5 [though not as immediately practical as f=ma].

    Maybe the choice should be based on practicality. Jus had a thought-What about one that the medieval mind-set of seeing the heavens as different from earth i.e. sum of Galilieos ideas maybe. Or maybe Roger Bacon's advocacy of the experimentalism..
  6. May 22, 2004 #5
    why? :uhh:
  7. May 22, 2004 #6
    It's like an interesting (?) way of asking your favourite or most important scientific theories/formulae .... like what would-u-take-to-a-desert-island kind of question.

    Oh...i c...you're asking 'y would u save ANY of the formulases' ...lol
  8. May 22, 2004 #7
    Exactly. I mean if science is gone ... =)
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    You're in the wrong forum then ... :D
  10. May 22, 2004 #9
    I suppose so.
  11. May 22, 2004 #10


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    The principle of extremal action.
  12. May 22, 2004 #11
    What's that Janotor? Haven't heard of that one b4 ...
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    It's a fancy-pants way of deriving the dynamics of a system, at least in cases where there is no friction.
  14. May 22, 2004 #13
    Oh, ok .... basically advanced stuff I don't understand :D
  15. May 22, 2004 #14
    What is an elektron. Then rest of science can come from that.
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    It's such a beatiful formula that it doesn't deserve to die.
  17. May 22, 2004 #16
    If it all vanished, which idea would I keep?

    The scientific method.
  18. May 22, 2004 #17

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    I'd keep the standard model of particle physics, since classical physics can be derived from it.
  19. May 22, 2004 #18

    Ivan Seeking

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    1 = 1; if it’s really true. I have seen a 150 or so page proof of such, but I still think it may just be a vicious rumor.
  20. May 23, 2004 #19
    Really? ... what's the problem with working that out?
  21. May 23, 2004 #20
    i'd keep calculus, you can do anything with calculus
  22. May 23, 2004 #21
    In Feynman's opinion, its the fact that" stuff is made of atoms "that ought to be saved.
    And i quite agree with him........
  23. May 23, 2004 #22
    I disagree with him. It doesn't really have much immediate use nor does it take a giant leap of imagination to think things are made of atoms.
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    Well, there's one important clarification that needs to be made...

    Do we get to keep the science necessary to understand the formula?
  25. May 23, 2004 #24
    Erm ... yes I guess. A formulae with no understanding-pretty useless.
  26. May 23, 2004 #25
    I'm guessing, but i think "stuff is made of atoms" means just that - things are made of atoms which doesn't requires us to know nature of atoms
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