Grim Tidings
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Grim Tidings

Deflating the Miracle of Mathematics

The hierarchy of abstractions and the usefulness of fictions and games

Image by Raghav Modi, from Unsplash

In a video interview, Paul Davies, the theoretical physicist expressed the standard scientific bafflement about the relation between mathematics and natural reality. What we see in our daily life, he said, is so complex that we might have assumed we could never make sense of it all.

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