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wyldeling Re:Fermat's principle (219 comments)

Point. Let me clarify. Mathematically, they are the same thing. The principle of least action applies in both cases, just the path the minimizes the particular Lagrangian (T - V) (or Hamiltonian (T + V), if you prefer) differs depending on the potential energy. (Both methods are applications of the Calculus of Variations. ) Either way, it is a minimization problem and the same techniques apply. So, as far as I'm concerned, they tend to blend together.

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