Date: Jun 5, 2014 11:03 AM
Author: Sam Wormley
Subject: The Role of Mathematics and Rational Arguments in Science
The Role of Mathematics and Rational Arguments in Science

> http://www.quantumdiaries.org/2012/04/20/mathematics-and-science/

> Mathematics is so entwined with parts of science that is has become

> its de facto language. That is certainly true of physics where the

> mathematics is an integral part of our thinking. When two physicists

> discuss, the equations fly. This is still using mathematics as a

> tool, but a tool that is fully integrated in to the process of

> science. This has a serious downside. People who do not have a strong

> background in mathematics are to some extent alienated from science.

> They can have, at best, a superficial understanding of it from

> studying the translation of the mathematics into common language.

> Something is always lost in a translation. In translating topics like

> quantum mechanics?or indeed most of modern particle physics?that loss

> is large; hence nonsense like the ?God Particle?. There is no ?God

> Particle? in the mathematics, only some elegant equations and,

> really, considering their importance, quite simple equations. One

> hears question like: How do you really understand quantum mechanics?

> The answer is clear, study the mathematics. That is where the real

> meat of the topic and where the understanding is?not in some dreamed

> up metaphysics-like the many worlds interpretation.

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