Laws of Nature

[Revised entry by John W. Carroll on August 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Science includes many principles at least once thought to be laws of nature: Newton's law of gravitation,
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[Revised entry by John W. Carroll on August 2, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Science includes many principles at least once thought to be laws of nature: Newton's law of gravitation, his three laws of motion, the ideal gas laws, Mendel's laws, the laws of supply and demand, and so on. Other regularities important to science were not thought to have this status. These include regularities that, unlike laws, were (or still are) thought by scientists to stand in need of explanation. These include the regularity of the ocean tides, the perihelion of Mercury's orbit, the photoelectric effect, that...

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