Earth, Our Environment - Class Notes
Scientific Laws

Perhaps the most under appreciated aspect of science is that it works. One way of viewing the goal of science is a quest to see "unity in variety".

Consider the following natural phenomena:

Each is an example of a wave, and each obeys the same form of mathematical law, described quite compactly by the wave equation (e.g. in one-dimension)

We rely on the broad applicability of a few general concepts to understand the many processes that compose nature.

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Prepared by: Charles J. Ammon
January 1997