Simple Laws Produce Complex Phenomena

But the most impressive fact is that gravity is simple. It is simple to state the principles completely and not have left any vagueness for anybody to change the ideas of the law. It is simple, and therefore it is beautiful. It is simple in its pattern. I do not mean it is simple in its action—the motions of the various planets and the perturbations of one on the other can be quite complicated to work out, and to follow how all those stars in a globular cluster move is quite beyond our ability. It is complicated in its actions, but the basic pattern or the system beneath the whole thing is simple. This is common to all our laws; they all turn out to be simple things, although complex in their actual actions.


Gravity is simple and elegant, but it produces immensely complex interactions of objects in the Universe.

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 The Character of Physical Law
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Feynman , Richard P (2007-09-06), The Character of Physical Law, ePenguin, Retrieved on 2012-05-16
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