History of Two Fundamental Principles of Physics: Least Action and Conservation of Energy

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One of the aims most sought after by physics along the years has been to find a principle, the simplest possible, into which all natural phenomena would fit, and which would also allow the calculation of all past occurrences and principally future occurrences. Evidently, this is far from being reached and quite probably does not even exist. Nevertheless, an approximation to this ideal is always possible and the history of physics shows that some results in this direction have been achieved. Thus, the history of the principles of least action and conservation of energy presented in this paper explains the search for this ideal.

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Oliveira, A. (2014). History of Two Fundamental Principles of Physics: Least Action and Conservation of Energy. Advances in Historical Studies, 3, 83-92. doi: 10.4236/ahs.2014.32008.


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