law of nature

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n law of nature a generalization that describes recurring facts or events in nature "the laws of thermodynamics"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Law of nature A broad generalization expressive of the constant action, or effect, of natural conditions; as, death is a law of nature; self-defense is a law of nature . See Law, 4.
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Quotations

  • Immanuel Kant
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    “Act as if the maxim of your action were to become through your will a general natural law”
  • Jim Rohn
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    “Attitude is your acceptance of the natural laws, or your rejection of the natural laws.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.”
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
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    “With children use force with men reason; such is the natural order of things. The wise man requires no law.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Forgive him, for he believes that the customs of his tribe are the laws of nature!”
  • C. S. Lewis
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    “Miracles do not, in fact, break the laws of nature.”

Usage

In literature:

What is political economy but the study of certain laws of nature?
"The Romance of Mathematics" by P. Hampson
Neither can the laws of Nature and the laws of God be at cross-purposes, for that would make harmony impossible and inconceivable.
"The New Avatar and The Destiny of the Soul" by Jirah D. Buck
It is the law of nature, which is the law of God.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The analysis which seeks for a law of nature proceeds by the interrogation of nature.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
Each was the use of natural law.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Even the law of kindness, a product of natural human sympathy, exists among the lowest known peoples.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The position is founded in the law of nature.
"History of Woman Suffrage, Volume I"
The simple truth is, that we are all bound by the law of nature and the law of God to love our neighbor as ourselves.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
Today we know a great deal of its nature and the laws of its action.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
But we did not feel it, for it became the law of our natures, not a law imposed by external sanctions.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
But whilst we acquiesce entirely in the permanence of natural laws, the question of the absolute existence of nature still remains open.
"Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The same law of nature applies to the working of the brain.
"The Curse of Education" by Harold E. Gorst
Laws of this nature lead to artificial abortion and encourage promiscuous intercourse.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The laws of nature he knows, are to him no restraint.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
This position is founded on the laws of nature.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
Unless the laws of nature were constantly subverted, her ordeals must have operated at random when they were not regulated by fraud.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
Under the regime of the ghosts, laws were not supposed to exist in the nature of things.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
This need was met by the philosophical theory of the nature of things and of the law of nature as conformity thereto.
"An Introduction to the Philosophy of Law" by Roscoe Pound
Hideousness struggles under the natural law of elimination, which necessarily renders it hostile.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
To the formation of the ideology of natural law another element contributed, the Greek philosophy of later epochs.
"Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History" by Antonio Labriola
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In poetry:

This was made plain the anger of the gods;
The universe gave signs Nature reversed
In monstrous tumult fraught with prodigies
Her laws, and prescient spake the coming guilt.
"Pharsalia - Book II: The Flight Of Pompeius" by Marcus Annaeus Lucanus
DEAREST, a look is but a ray
Reflected in a certain way;
A word, whatever tone it wear,
Is but a trembling wave of air;
A touch, obedience to a clause
In nature's pure material laws.
"The Philosopher To His Love" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Beneath the shade deep in a dell,
Where fairy spirits ever dwell,--
Away from haunts of men,
A living thing of godlike birth,
By Nature's law springs from the earth
To gladden vale and glen.
"Mountain Brook" by Jared Barhite
How blest in Thy benignity
The gladdened universe to see,
Beautiful ever! Thou alone
Of beauty and of bliss the cause;
While nature's light and nature's laws
Sprung from Thy mind, Eternal One!
"The World Beautiful" by John Bowring
And now, howe'er its waves above
May toss and seem uneaseful,
One strong, eternal law of Love,
With guidance sure and peaceful,
As calm and natural as breath,
Moves its great deeps through life and death.
"The Moon" by James Russell Lowell
And fondly o'er the mellow tints I pause
Of her, whose vivid touch shames not her sire;
Bold Genius in his pride
Has marked her as his bride,
On his bright pinions bids her soul aspire,
Nor pay the tribute due by tardier Nature's laws.
"Ode" by Maria Gowen Brooks

In news:

Why is it that economic laws are the Rodney Dangerfield of natural laws.
In Brookhaven Collider , Scientists Briefly Break a Law of Nature.
For the past hundred years or so, the food industry has used the laws of chemistry to beat nature into submission.
Mayor Bloomberg this afternoon is hailing the signing into law of the New York City Natural Gas Enhancement Act, which allows construction of a new pipeline to serve parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
Anti- hazing activists cite a host of contributing factors, including the secretive nature of hazing , difficult-to-enforce laws and a general acceptance that it's part of campus life.
The Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement D. Need this information.
THE SALE OF ALCOHOL to those underage is a perennial problem more due to the nature of youth than the structure of Rome's control laws.
One can readily see why there is an insistence against "artificial" methods of birth control, while something like Natural Family Planning is in accord with the natural law.
A major amount of excavation is involved in creating a natural gas drilling well pad, and companies are now required by state law to reclaim the sites they disturb to provide for a healthy environment.
A new required decal is now available for Minnesota boaters to help remind them of the state's aquatic invasive species laws, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced.
For estate planning attorneys, the unstable nature of federal tax law has become the new normal.
County's Public Works committee debates natural gas right of way law.
The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Section will sponsor a hunter education course April 13 to 14 at Camp Popeye off Route 250 in Barbour County.
It's one of the basic laws of nature: Give and you shall receive.
Being spiritual is pondering, wondering about, and exploring the deeper aspects of reality, energy and laws of nature.
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In science:

Certainly the measure MGL,1,q is a natural ob ject to study, given that it is the n → ∞ limit law of λz−1 for a random element of GL(n, q).
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Imposing natural restrictions on the laws of λ and η , we prove existence of the limit f (β ) = limm→∞ f (β ) (2m , m) and obtain explicit expression for f (β ) .
Limit Theorem for Sums of Random Products
Here again, the standard theory can not explain in a natural way the extension of the visible extinction law to the near-UV.
The incompatibilities between the standard theory of interstellar extinction and observations
Because of the the existence of the non-homogeneous term, the fundamental laws of nature in arbitrary curved space-time can not be expressed by space-time metric, physical observable and their derivatives.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
It is known that the laws of nature in a inertial reference system are given by special relativity.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
But the equivalence principle does not directly tell us what are the forms of the laws of nature in an arbitrary curved space-time.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
In general relativity, these two principles tell us how to obtain the laws of nature in an arbitrary curved space-time.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
According to the theory of special relativity, the laws of nature in an inertial reference system are exactly known.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
If the equivalence principle strictly holds, the laws of nature in a local inertial coordinate system are also exactly known.
Problems on Foundations of General Relativity
The random surface is represented by real-valued random variables φi , where i ∈ Zd . A class of natural generalizations of the standard random walk are gradient models whose laws are (formally) expressed as V (φi − φj )(cid:21) Yi exp (cid:20)− X |i−j |=1 V : R → R+ , convex, and with some growth conditions.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
In the presented theory which is slightly more general then the standard one the gauge freedom emerges from the very nature of the fundamental laws of Quantum Mechanics.
Generally covariant Quantum Mechanics
Thus, experimental normal state c-axis resistance RN (T ) and Newton’s Law of Cooling provide a natural explanation of the divergency between the results obtained with conventional spectroscopy and those derived from IT.
Heating-free I-V of the `intrinsic' Josephson effect
Power laws are widely observed not only in natural systems but also in social phenomena [1-5]. A number of efforts have been made to explain these behavior [6-8] but the underlying physics has not been clarified yet.
Effects of Randomness on Power Law Tails in Multiplicatively Interacting Stochastic Processes
B , whenever it exists. A random variable π with values in P∞ is called exchangeable if its law is invariant by the natural action of permutations of N on P∞ .
The genealogy of self-similar fragmentations with negative index as a continuum random tree
Presumably the scaling law is the simplest natural extension of the degenerate case with the inclusion of the parameter k .
A Scaling Law for Quark Masses and the CKM matrix
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