# How does people in the past came up with crazy math formula to precisely calculate the universe with little to no technology?

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How does people in the past came up with crazy math formula to precisely calculate the universe with little to no technology?

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By trial and error, and experimentation.

For a simple example, if you know that higher air pressure means more friction, and a lower terminal velocity, then you would have to find a way to slap in these three values in a way so that they affect each other in just the right way.

You write as a tentative formula, like “Terminal Velocy = Mass / Air Density”, and then you do a bunch of tests to see if it gives you sensical values. Then, you go so close, that the next step is to use it to predict stuff, and refine the finer details.

Science is about 90% trial & error, and 10% random freakin’ luck.

Math has been around for thousands of years. The math we learn in school is the same they have learned over 500 years ago. When you dont have OnlyFans and IG you tend to find other ways of passing time, like playing with your abacus

There have been lots of people throughout history. Some of them were pretty smart

They generally start with something(s) they already knew that was simpler and either expanded upon it, generalized it, or combined it with something else that they knew or saw. They then tested it to see how well it work

There were a couple Newtons/Einsteins who completely turned everything on its head, but that’s the exceptionally rare case

Technology helps validate theories. Those theories are developed today through the same means and methods used for the last thousand years.

We’re better observers now, thanks to technology, but all of that was reliant on the countless iterations of formulae and theory tested and retested over generations.

Can you be more specific?
What do you mean by “calculate the universe”?
Do you mean the size of the visible universe? Some property of the universe? What particularly formulas are you curious about?