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Topic: Mathematics as discourse about form:
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Re: Mathematics as discourse about form:
Posted: Jan 1, 2013 6:20 PM
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In article
Charlie-Boo <> wrote:

> On Jan 1, 3:06 pm, Virgil <> wrote:
> > In article
> > <>,
> >
> >  Charlie-Boo <> wrote:

> > > What is the difference between math and the other branches of science?
> >
> > For one thing, mathematics is not a 'branch' of science!
> > For example, which theorems of mathematics does one ever "prove" by
> > experimentation or by its conforming to physical evidence?
> > --

> If proof is your gauge, then math wins over physics and the other
> physical sciences hands down. Non-math science can never prove its
> conclusions. They are approximate and history shows there is always a
> lower level that hasn't been considered yet - Newton was trumped by
> Einstein and no physical experiment can be conducted without
> interfering with the results you are attempting to measure.
> What reasonable definition of science excludes mathematics? How do
> you define science? I say, science is that which is predictable. And
> that includes math.

Mathematics is, for one thing, independent of both physical reality and
experimental evidence (though useful in describing and analyzing both),
which sciences are not.

Science attempts to describe, or, in a sense, abbreviate, "reality" by
finding patterns in the events we observe.

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