The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences


One of my friends pointed me to the article “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences” by Richard Hamming after I had sent him the link to Richard Hamming‘s talk “You and you research“. The article itself is quite thought provoking and makes you take a different view at Mathematics, something which we take for granted.

He presents the evolution of Mathematics quite beautifully – how various parts like algebra, number system, geometry came into being, and how they fit into the world as abstractions of what we observe around us. Now only if we could get Maths to effectively abstract the stock market ;-). Maybe Warren Buffet could give us some pointers on that with Buffettology.

On a side note regarding the talk by Richard Hamming, it is also quite thought provoking and makes you think about what you want to do in life, and setting your priorities accordingly.

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4 thoughts on “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

  1. The Ludic fallacy stated by Taleb does throw some light on using improper analogies to explain events. I guess Maths could be used to explain events that have already occurred, but the fallacy does warn against trying to extrapolate the model and predicting the future. In that regard Buffetology is a Ludic fallacy, otherwise there would certainly have been more than 3-4 people with a net worth over $50 billion :-).

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