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Like I said, try jumping up in the air and you will repeatedly come back to the ground because of gravity. This has nothing to do with anyones imagination.
Like I said, you mixed up a debate about whether mathematics is real or discovered and for some reason you came to the conclusion that the laws of physics are imaginary. That makes no sense. These laws aren't imaginary or anyone could imagine up a theory that becomes a law through repetition and observation.
Again, show me one scientist or one peer reviewed paper that calls the laws of physics imaginary. That's just silly.
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I can accept that a particular law may be seen as imaginary - say Newtonian gravitation or General Relativistic gravitation - but that gravity behaves according to rules is not imaginary. As humans we home in on that rule as best we can, only ever seeing slices of reality, but those fundamental rules are absolutes.
About mathematics versus laws of physics: I see little difference for it is the pure logic of mathematics that determines the physics. Plus, as apes we have little hope of ever understanding all this but with mathematics we have a tool, our only tool, to glimpse reality. Maybe mathematics too is just an approximation to something deeper.
I've lost the plot on this thread and have no idea what the argument is even about now so I'll leave it at that.
Plato is the standard-bearer for the believers in discovery. The Platonic notion is that mathematics is the imperturbable structure that underlies the very architecture of the universe. By following the internal logic of mathematics, a mathematician discovers timeless truths independent of human observation and free of the transient nature of physical reality. “The abstract realm in which a mathematician works is by dint of prolonged intimacy more concrete to him than the chair he happens to sit on,” says Ulf Persson of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, a self-described Platonist.
The Platonic perspective fits well with an aspect of the experience of doing mathematics, says Barry Mazur, a mathematician at Harvard University, though he doesn’t go so far as to describe himself as a Platonist. The sensation of working on a theorem, he says, can be like being “a hunter and gatherer of mathematical concepts.”
Again, you sound silly. Look at your own definition.
HOW CAN SOMETHING REPLICATED AND OBSERVED BE IMAGINARY?
That is just laughable.
HOW CAN A SCIENTIST IMAGINATION CREATE LAWS OF PHYSICS THAT ARE REPEATED AND OBSERVED?
Again, you watched Wolfram talking about Mathematics and you didn't fully understand it. Tell Wolfram that the laws of physics are imaginary and he might call the funny farm and have you committed.
HOW CAN A SCIENTIST IMAGINATION CREATE LAWS OF PHYSICS THAT ARE REPEATED AND OBSERVED?
Again, gravity has nothing to do with imagination. The only thing that's not fully understood is things like quantum gravity or is gravity an emergent property of entropy. Nobody has claimed that gravity is imaginary. Gravity has been well understood since Newton and then Einstein with General Relativity.
To test whether Planck’s constant is really constant, Makan Mohageg and graduate student James Kentosh of California State University in Northridge turned to the same GPS systems that help drivers find their way home. GPS relies on the most accurate timing devices we currently possess: atomic clocks. These count the passage of time according to frequency of the radiation that atoms emit when their electrons jump between different energy levels.
Why go to all this bother? The point is that the researchers did not just pick on a random constant. Planck’s constant is in effect the number that launched the field of quantum physics. In 1900 the German scientist Max Planck proposed h as a measure of the size of energy “packets”, or quanta, into which light is divided. Planck said that a light quantum has an amount of energy equal to the frequency of the light multiplied by h. Planck introduced this “quantum” hypothesis of light as a mathematical trick to get his equations to work out. But Albert Einstein argued five years later that the trick must be taken literally: light really is chopped up into these discrete packets of energy.
Kentosh and Mohageg fixed on h, and specifically on whether h depends on where (not when) you measure it. If h changes from place to place, so do the frequencies, and thus the “ticking rate”, of atomic clocks. And any dependence of h on location would translate as a tiny timing discrepancy between different GPS clocks.
So, what did they discover? Well, if there is any difference in h it would have to be really tiny. After careful analysis of the data from seven highly stable GPS satellites, Kentosh and Mohageg conclude that h is identical at different locations to an accuracy of seven parts in a thousand. In other words, if h were a one-metre measuring stick, two sticks in different places anywhere in the world do not differ by more than seven millimetres.
Spotting this variation of less than 1% in measuring sticks might be easy, spotting this in an exceedingly tiny number like Planck’s constant, which is 0.000000000000000000000000000000000662606957 joule seconds, demands the type of extreme accuracy of measurement that is most likely beyond the capabilities of our most accurate atomic clocks. At this point, however, we can feel reassured that there is no reason to suspect that this particular aspect of physics shifts between, say, London and Beijing – or indeed, between our galaxy and the next one.
So when people talk about the laws of physics, they're not saying these things can never change or new theories emerge, what they're saying is when the theory is replicated over and over again you get the same results no matter who is carrying out the test.
HOW CAN THE THE LAWS OF PHYSICS BE IMAGINARY IF THEY ARE OBSERVED AND REPLICATED?