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Natural philosophy




physics, mathematical physics, philosophy of physics

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theory (physics), model (physics)

experiment, measurement, computable physics

Natural philosophy


Before mathematics was found to be ‘the language with which God has written the universe’ (Galilei, Il Saggiatore, 1623) (eventually via Newton's laws of motion), the study of the phenomenology of physics was pursued by more informal means, and went by the name natural philosophy, that is the philosophy of nature?. (Compare ‘natural history’ for biology, although that term is still used for observational biology.)

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