On 4/1/2013 1:58 PM, david petry wrote: > On Monday, April 1, 2013 11:38:05 AM UTC-7, Dan wrote: > >> Falsifiability only comes into consideration when you have something >> apparently 'external' against which to test your mathematical models . > > > Precisely. The "external" reality underlying mathematics is computation.
Have you ever heard of a subject called "numerical analysis"?
While studying with a friend for finals many years ago, he asked why we had to learn this "stuff" since it could all be done with calculators.
I pointed out to him that it was human beings with mathematical theories that informed the algorithms of the calculators.