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The abstraction of mathematics from physics

You are right, this happened in ancient Greece, and is credited to Thales and Pythagoras. Unfortunately, too little of their early work survived (nothing written by Thales or Pythagoras). The main ...
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The housing of the Cavendish Experiment

Neither the original publication: Henry Cavendish, "XXI. Experiments to determine the density of the earth." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 88, 1798, pp. 469-...
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How has the modelling of classical electrodynamics changed since Maxwell?

We will take the cutoff to be 1873, the publication date of the first edition of Maxwell's treatise. I'm not an expert in electrodynamics by any stretch, but here are some of the things that come to ...
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