Matter, Energy, Conservation Laws, and the Rise of Materialism

  • Amit Goswami


Matter, said Descartes, is res externa—body with extension, divisible. For the material world, it makes sense that macro is made of micro, macro is reducible to micro. What is the usefulness of this reduction?


Angular Momentum Conservation Laws Rotational Motion Gravitational Potential Energy Roller Coaster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amit Goswami
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  1. 1.Institute of Noetic SciencesSausalitoUSA
  2. 2.University of OregonEugeneUSA

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