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The Role of Mathematics and Rational Arguments in Science
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Jun 5, 2014 11:03 AM


The Role of Mathematics and Rational Arguments in Science > http://www.quantumdiaries.org/2012/04/20/mathematicsandscience/
> 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 metaphysicslike the many worlds interpretation. >



