Posts Tagged ‘mathematics’

Brent has posted a couple of quotes http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list/t/1dadda0d2b84f605 “Mathematics is part of physics. Physics is an experimental science, a part of natural science. Mathematics is the part of physics where experiments are cheap.”      — Vladimir Arnold. “The duty of abstract mathematics, as I see it, is precisely to expand our capacity for hypothesizing possible ontologies.” […]

Brent has posted a link to a nice video: http://videosift.com/video/Miss-USA-2011-Should-Math-Be-Taught-In-Schools See also a short discussion after that http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list/t/08a5c40ff1f9fee0 The video is a parady on the Miss USA 2011 Interviews – Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools. Yet, it is very well done and, I guess, it shows well the attidude of the society to mathematics. […]

David Lindley, The End of Physics. The Myth of a Unified Theory, 1993. Prologue. The Lure of Numbers. In 1960, the Hungarian-American physicist Eugene Wigner published an essay entitled “The unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences.” What puzzled Wigner puzzled many others, including Albert Einstein: “How can it be that mathatics,” he once […]

Chapter 16 from A Different Universe by Robert Laughlin. Ironically, the very success of reductionism has helped pave the way for its eclipse. Over time, careful quantitative study of microscopic parts has revealed that at the primitive level at least, collective principles of organization are not just a quaint side show but everything – the true […]

One more citation from Peter Woit, 2006, Not Even Wrong, The failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law (Chapter On Beauty and Difficulty, p. 201)  Mathematicians don’t make things any easier, since readable expository material about much of modern mathematics is sorely lacking. The culture of mathematics values highly precision, rigor, […]