[Physics is] a good framework for thinking. … Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.

Elon Musk

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“The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity …” TED2013. Feb. 2013. Conference Presentation.

Source: "The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ..." TED2013. Feb. 2013. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from a 2013 TED conference interview with inventor Elon Musk. In this quote, Musk is explaining the role of the scientific process, and specifically physics, in his creative process. Musk says that physics allows him to pinpoint the essential nature of something, and then work from there. Musk goes on to explain people use reasoning by analogy, or copying other people with slight variations, to figure out most things in life; however, in order to invent something new, you need to use physics. Says Musk, physics allows you discover new things that might be counterintuitive, like quantum mechanics. Watch the full TED Talk here: Elon Musk - The Mind Behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity ...
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