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Math and Physics

Jan 26, 1994 08:28 AM
by Dewey Val Schorre

Attitude 1.

Mathematics is real and the physical world is impure and can only
approximate it.

Attitude 2.

The physical world is real, and mathematics is too simplistic to fully
describe it.

People with the first attitude will study mathematics and use the
physical world for inspiration in finding topics of research.

People with the second attitude will study physics and consider
mathematics as a tool.

These two groups agree on the relationship between mathematics and the
phisical world, they only disagree on which is more important. There
is no objective way of deciding who right, it is just a matter of
different personalities.

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