Mathematics: The Language of Science (by W.T. “Tom” Bridgman)

I have occasional e-mails, usually from supporters of some pseudoscience I have challenged on these pages, claiming that presenting the mathematical details on my web sites makes them “too complex” and that I should express the science in ‘simpler terms’ without the mathematics.The language of science is mathematics.

This is a concept that links back to Galileo (QuoteDB) and is the reason why technology works, because the physical world obeys regular mathematical rules independent of any human belief system.  Scientific concepts are interconnected by the rules of mathematics.  Much has been written about why nature seems to work so well with these techniques (one of the most famous papers on this topic being  “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences” by Eugene Wigner.  But all mathematics does not make valid science…

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