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26. Natural Theory / D. Laws of Nature / 6. Laws as Numerical

[laws of nature expressed just in numerical terms]

6 ideas
Self-created numbers make the universe stable [Philolaus]
You have discovered that elliptical orbits result just from gravitation and planetary movement [Leibniz on Newton]
We have given up substantial forms, and now aim for mathematical laws [Newton]
The laws of number are not laws of nature, but are laws of the laws of nature [Frege]
The constancy of scientific laws rests on differential equations, not on cause and effect [Russell]
We only know the mathematical laws, but not much else [Hawthorne]