I think there are so many disconnects between what formulas describe and what they’re used for, once you see it, you’ll wonder why we have not noticed the defect in thinking of ‘everything’ in terms of formulas right from the start. How we’ve made use of formulas has never been to actually follow them.
Their best use is always as learning tools. That’s how we test them too, but then seem to ignore how critically important the learning process is to making them work. Take the problem of sitting at dinner and picking up a glass of water to drink. We have a ‘formula’ for where the glass should be, at the upper right of the place.