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The New York Times, Science Section


Re “Laws of Nature, Source Unknown” (Dec. 18): Science is a methodology for asking questions. The so-called “laws” are simply today’s answer to the question posed. As with all things transient, tomorrow a different form of the question may modify, discard or replace “the law” pertaining to whatever is being investigated. The laws, thus, come from nowhere but the mind of humankind.


What is amazing is not the laws, but that we lowly humans have the capability of looking at the world and universe about us, and by exercise of our intellect we are able to understand much of it, if only until the next more intelligent question is posed.

Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.