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The value of math/the power of words

  1. Mar 3, 2005 #1
    Math can be used to figure out what will happen while words are required to discover why things happen? The words behind the idea of gravitation occurred to Newton before he sought to use the language of math to figure out what would happen as a result of his theory?
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  3. Mar 3, 2005 #2


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    What evidence do you have for that statement about Newton?
  4. Mar 3, 2005 #3


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    Gee, Halls, he had to think "The Moon is falling just like the apple" before he could try to set up to see how fast it was falling and, after a contretemps due to a wrong distance for the Moon, develop the inverse square relationship for the acceleration.
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    Is there no mathematical statement equivalent to "The Moon is falling just like the apple"?
  6. Mar 5, 2005 #5
    Not currently.
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