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What role does imagination play in the study of physics?

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Arnav Kasbekar

on 30 September 2014

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What role does imagination play in the study of physics?
The role of imagination in Knowledge
So imagination helps in two ways:
- The discovery of physics
-The understanding of physics
Discovery because that’s what great scientists rely on to make path breaking discoveries.
How?
As a simple example of scientific
imagination, the case of free fall is
discussed, as "seen" by Aristotle,
Galileo, Newton, and Einstein.
The imagination behind Natural Motion
For Aristotle natural motion was illustrated by the free fall of a heavy object.
For Galileo it was understood as the unimpeded circumnavigation of the Earth by a ship.
For Newton natural motion was the constant velocity motion of a body in deep
space (no external forces).
Einstein banished the notion of force and described and described the motion of a free particle in non-Euclidean space. For him natural motion became the path of a free particle along a geodesic (the path of minimal separation)
Metaphysics
"The greatest scientists are artists as well"
Discovery?
Just an example of differences
in the thought of Projectile Motion
Newton and Gravity
Our imagination aids in the simplification and understanding of Physics.
Let's put our imagination to the test!
"If what is seen and experienced is portrayed in the language of logic, then it is science. If it is communicated through forms whose constructions are not accessible to the conscious mind but are recognized intuitively, then it is art- Einstein”
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