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Re: Is the Universe Made of Math? [Excerpt]
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Feb 8, 2014 8:48 PM


On Friday, January 10, 2014 8:19:36 AM UTC8, Sam Wormley wrote: > Is the Universe Made of Math? [Excerpt] > > > http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=istheuniversemadeofmathexcerpt > > > > > > > In this excerpt from his new book, Our Mathematical Universe, M.I.T. > > > professor Max Tegmark explores the possibility that math does not > > > just describe the universe, but makes the universe > > > > > What's the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and > > > everything? In Douglas Adams' sciencefiction spoof ï¿½The Hitchhiker's > > > Guide to the Galaxyï¿½, the answer was found to be 42; the hardest part > > > turned out to be finding the real question. I find it very > > > appropriate that Douglas Adams joked about 42, because mathematics > > > has played a striking role in our growing understanding of our > > > Universe. > > > > > > The Higgs Boson was predicted with the same tool as the planet > > > Neptune and the radio wave: with mathematics. Galileo famously stated > > > that our Universe is a ï¿½grand bookï¿½ written in the language of > > > mathematics. So why does our universe seem so mathematical, and what > > > does it mean? In my new book ï¿½Our Mathematical Universeï¿½, I argue > > > that it means that our universe isnï¿½t just described by math, but > > > that it is math in the sense that weï¿½re all parts of a giant > > > mathematical object, which in turn is part of a multiverse so huge > > > that it makes the other multiverses debated in recent years seem puny > > > in comparison. > > > > See: > > > http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=istheuniversemadeofmathexcerpt
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