Reasonably effective: I. Deconstructing a miracle

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The views of Frank Wilczek on the importance and the effectiveness of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of natural sciences are discussed. Part of the explanation for the success of mathematics in natural science is the selection that is regarded as the scientifically interesting aspects of nature largely for their ability to allow mathematical treatment. The study of critical phenomena reached a new level of popularity when the mathematical concepts of universality and the renormalization group enters in the natural sciences. Scientists choose to work on problems that are interesting, and mathematics is designed to be interesting, so science evolves towards areas where mathematics can be successfully applied. It is believed that the continuous phenomena occurring would confirm the effectiveness of mathematics in natural sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages2
Specialist publicationPhysics Today
StatePublished - Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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