Archimedes to Hawking: Laws of Science and the Great Minds behind Them

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I do not agree with the view that the universe is a mys-
tery…. I feel that this view does not do justice to the
scientific revolution that was started almost four hundred
years ago by Galileo and carried on by Newton. They
showed that at least some areas of the universe … are
governed by precise mathematical laws. Over the years
since then, we have extended the work of Galileo and
Newton…. We now have mathematical laws that govern
everything we normally experience.

—Stephen Hawking, Black Holes and Baby Universes
and Other Essays

INTRODUCTION AND BACKDROP
Which discusses the definition of eponymous laws, the lives and afflictions of the lawgivers, science and religiosity, the difference between laws and theories, and the geographical and temporal distribution of the lawgivers.
The Laws of Nature1
The Lawgivers4
Is It Fair to Name a Law after a Person?12
Theories and Laws16
Do We Discover or Invent Laws?20
Simple Mathematics and Reality21
What Is Reality Really?23
Book Organization and Purpose24

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