Donald Simanek, an

extrapolation from talk about

the laws of nature, whether

mathematics changes, etc.

Donald:

generalities

experiment is evidence of a

general law?

generalities, or the scientific method is wrong (in basing

general proofs on experience), leads to the reasoning that in

order to find all laws, we must conduct all experiments (the

fault may be that physics is not in fact based on experiment,

but is only confirmed by experiment. But it is hard for me to

conceive how all of mathematics, as a form of experience,

could be explored, since infinity is one of its concepts). The

statement that some laws are universal then amounts to the

assumption or at least assertion that all relevant experiments

have been conducted.

It is still valid to conclude that the laws are valid within the

range of conventional experiments, and within all experiments

if the laws are categorical. However, my intuition is that no

mathematics could be categorical without admitting both the

positive and negative of any given value, e.g. accepting

energy loss is also accepting energy

gain (to say

otherwise, in my mind, is to reject the concept of zero, and

claim that negative one and one are not opposites, what I

presume a mathematician would call madness).