THE PHYSICISTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS
We hold these postulates to be intuitively obvious, that all physicists are born equal, to a first approximation, and are endowed by their creator with certain discrete privileges, among them a mean rest life, n degrees of freedom, and the following rights, which are invariant under all linear transformations:
- To approximate all problems to ideal case.
- To use order of magnitude calculations whenever deemed necessary (i.e., whenever one can get away with it).
- To use the rigorous method of “squinting” for solving problems more complex that the addition of positive real integers
- To dismiss all functions which diverge as “nasty” and “unphysical”.
- To invoke the uncertainty principle whenever confronted by confuse mathematicians, chemists, engineers, psychologists, dramatists, and andere schweinhund.
- To the extensive use of “bastard notations” where conventional mathematics will not work.
- To justify shaky reasoning on the basis that it gives the right answer.
- To cleverly choose convenient initial conditions, using the principle of general triviality.
- To use plausible arguments in place of proofs, and thenceforth refer to those arguments as proofs.
- To take on faith any principle which seems right but cannot be proved.
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