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I would like to make a short comment (hopefully understandable despite of my mediocre english).

When I read the term ‘intuitive physics’ I must think on a mainly qualitative understanding of nature. I understand here 'qualitative' as opposed to 'quantitative', which is rather less intuitive. May be easy mathematical descriptions can provide an intuitive understanding, but intuition stops working somewhere where heavy math starts.

In the modern european culture, starting from the XVI century, there is a tendency towards quantitative description of nature leaving more and more the qualitative explanations.

A last example of battle between qualitative and quantitative pictures of nature is given by the contraposition between Goethe’s and Newton’s theories of light in the XVIII century.

In essence, the qualitative method considers subject and object as a whole and not sepparable. In the quantitative method analysis and objectivity are the main features. For the qualitative method analyzing means beaking a natural connection between subject and object given by the sensorial experience. This (sensorial experience) should be (accoding to the qualitative method) the ground of the physical understanding and the way to the truth (and not analysis and mathematical modelling as according to the quantitative method).

This shall be just an historical exposition. History of science proves that this qualitative method is definitely be wrong in some aspects, but this method was inequivocally

Regards.

When I read the term ‘intuitive physics’ I must think on a mainly qualitative understanding of nature. I understand here 'qualitative' as opposed to 'quantitative', which is rather less intuitive. May be easy mathematical descriptions can provide an intuitive understanding, but intuition stops working somewhere where heavy math starts.

In the modern european culture, starting from the XVI century, there is a tendency towards quantitative description of nature leaving more and more the qualitative explanations.

A last example of battle between qualitative and quantitative pictures of nature is given by the contraposition between Goethe’s and Newton’s theories of light in the XVIII century.

In essence, the qualitative method considers subject and object as a whole and not sepparable. In the quantitative method analysis and objectivity are the main features. For the qualitative method analyzing means beaking a natural connection between subject and object given by the sensorial experience. This (sensorial experience) should be (accoding to the qualitative method) the ground of the physical understanding and the way to the truth (and not analysis and mathematical modelling as according to the quantitative method).

This shall be just an historical exposition. History of science proves that this qualitative method is definitely be wrong in some aspects, but this method was inequivocally

**beautiful**. We won a lot with modern physics, but we must be aware that we lost an important link to reality.Regards.

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