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The Laws of Physics & The Physics of Laws

December 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

by Justice Arthur Kelsey

From ancient conjurers to modern scientists, those claim­ing to understand the nature of matter and energy of­ten refer to their conclusions as “laws.” Why would they do that? Newton’s Law of Gravity, for example, could just as easily be called the gravity principle or Newton’s axiom. Even so, scientists instinctively use the argot of lawyers and judges. Justice Kelsey explores the reasons why we think in legal terms when trying to understand the cosmos.