21 August 2008

"The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences"

We're Lucky that Math Describes Reality, Right?
If you've heard Eugene Wigner's quotation that, "[t]he miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve," here is the article that contains it. (1960) Is this actually a transcribed speech?

What if Reality is Math?
I met astrophysicist Max Tegmark at SciFoo; turns out he had a past life in stereoscopy. Anyhow, although I haven't yet read it, you mathy-philosophers might enjoy his "The Mathematical Universe," regarding "an external physical reality completely independent of us humans." You can find it in various formats at arXiv.org.

Separation of Church and State (not)
CNN Online: "Obama, McCain talk issues at pastor's forum."


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