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Physical laws


  • Here are entered works on scientific statements that constitute generalized descriptions of natural phenomena. Works on the legal system derived from the concept that some laws are fundamental to human nature and are discoverable by human reason without reference to specific legislative enactments or judicial decisions are entered under [Natural law.]

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    • Laws of nature (Physical laws)
    • Laws of science (Physical laws)
    • Laws, Physical
    • Nature, Laws of (Physical laws)
    • Science, Laws of (Physical laws)
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    • found: Work cat.: The second law of thermodynamics, 1976.
    • found: McGraw-Hill dictionary of scientific and technical terms, 2003:p. 1591 ("physical law -- a property of a physical phenomenon, or a relationship between the various quantities or qualities which may be used to describe the phenomenon, that applies to all members of a broad class of such phenomena, without exception")
    • found: Academic press dictionary of science and technology, 1992:p. 1642 ("physical law -- any law in physics that describes specific phenomena and applies to all cases in which these phenomena occur, such as the law of conservation of momentum in mechanics")
    • found: 2018432368: Pazos, M.A. Leyes científicas, 2018:t.p. ([cataloger's translation] Scientific laws)
    • found: 2018432368: Pazos, M.A. Leyes científicas, 2018:t.p. ([cataloger's translation] Scientific laws)
    • found: Krebs, R.E. Scientific laws, principles, and theories, 2001:p. 3 (Scientific laws are generalized descriptions of how things behave in nature under a variety of circumstances. ... At least five characteristics apply to all scientific laws: (1) They can be expressed mathematically. ... (2) They are not always exact. ... (3) ... the law describing the phenomenon is always simple. (4) ... scientific laws are universal. (5) By using statistical probabilities, they can be used to predict future physical events)
    • found: Merriam-Webster unabridged, via WWW, viewed Dec. 20, 2018(law of nature: 1: a natural instinct or a natural relation of human beings or other animals due to native character or condition; 2: a generalized statement of natural processes; specifically: one of the chief generalizations of science variously conceived as imposed upon nature by the Creator, as representing an intrinsic orderliness of nature or the necessary conformity of phenomena to reason and understanding, or as the observed regular coincidences of phenomena which are ultimate data for our knowledge; 3: natural law)
    • found: Oxford companion to the history of modern science, 2003, via WWW, viewed Dec. 20, 2018(law of science: the statements, typically in mathematical form, with which scientists aim to describe nature are called laws of science; at the beginning of the eighteenth century, debate over nature's laws centered on the controversy between the followers of Isaac Newton and those of René Descartes; ... Newtonians asserted that the true business of philosophers was to enquire into the laws of nature while remaining agnostic about causes; early discourse about nature's laws was thus encouraged indirectly by disagreement over causes and the proper goals of explanation; in cited titles: law of nature, laws of nature)
    • found: Psillos, S. Philosophy of science A-Z, 2007, via WWW, viewed Dec. 20, 2018(laws of nature: principles that govern the workings of nature)
    • notfound: Chambers dictionary of science and technology, 1999
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    • Here are entered works on scientific statements that constitute generalized descriptions of natural phenomena. Works on the legal system derived from the concept that some laws are fundamental to human nature and are discoverable by human reason without reference to specific legislative enactments or judicial decisions are entered under [Natural law.]
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    • Note under [Natural law]
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    • 2003-08-28: new
    • 2019-04-09: revised
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