Naive physics studies the untrained human perception of basic physical phenomena and the simple models of physics understood by non-specialists, including, for example, software engineers or animators, whose models of physical reality are often much simplified compared to a physicist's.
Some simple models include:
- Galileo's study of gravitational acceleration, using inclined planes
- Isaac Newton's study of the spectrum of visible light, using a hole in the curtain of his room
- Albert Einstein's motivation, as a boy, for studying relativity. See Abraham Pais' biography, Subtle is the Lord
- Michael Faraday's Natural History of a Candle
- Feynman diagrams, a bookkeeping device in particle physics
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