• anonymous
Scientific laws have stood the test of time and they will not change. Answer True False
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  • IrishBoy123
Really loaded, and very interesting, question, rever.oner! What is a "law"?! In the real world, it can be an arbitrary or sensible or pointless or superb or toxic edict from a government or a religion or the like. In physics - maybe something in terms of the nature and properties of matter and energy that, as you suggest, has always and will always be obeyed? I don't know because I think science is really built on models, as in mental artifects that seem to explain what has happened in an experiment and that have some predictive capabilities. More on this at the end. For example, I do actually "know", as much as I will ever know anything outside of Cogito Ergo Sum, that a 2 dimensional right angled triangle will 'always' follow Pythagoreas Theorem, yet that is only a theorem, and not a law. So what is a theorem? Not sure I know that either!! Maths clearly has different standards as all credible maths is actually known. once, in science, we had the lumniferous ether that was the invisible medium that carried light. not a law but set in concrete. once we had a flat earth, we had geocentrism, all sorts of madnesses that were treated as laws of nature for good reason at the time. *experiments* proved that nonsense to be untrue. Newton's "Laws" of Motion were taught to me at school, and then I found things like time dilation that proved that these laws were incomplete. to really rip the carpet from underneath Newton, it seems to me that the best answer is that time didn't always exist so any laws that depend upon time, including too anything relativistic, are temporal in and of themselves. i think it's important to keep an eye on the fact that an awful lot of sciene is built on models. there is the idea of "invariance" that is an important part of relativity. if there is a 'law' of science that is to be obeyed in the living room, it has to be obeyed too in the bedroom and in the middle of the desert a thousand miles away, and on top of Mount Everest. the thing is though, what and where are the laws? the laws of thermodynamics are so interesting, yet they seem so incomplete. who really understands entropy? who has ever seen an electron or touched a quark? the truth is that we are sensory beings trying to make sense of the world that we sense around us. if we could truly see each other, we would be looking at nothing (assuming the models are correct). if we could truly sense time, we could look back at tomorrow, and we could look forward at next year and se it for real. at this point, my head starts to ache. hope this is in some way interesting....

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