# Category: Mathematics

## Vid: Fisher’s Darwinian theorem disproved in conference paper

July 18, 2018 | Posted by News under Darwinism, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

William Basener writes to say, I posted a conference presentation I gave on my work with John Sanford on the Fundamental Theorem of Natural Selection with Mutations, posted on YouTube here. The talk was the keynote address at the International Conference on Ecology, Ecosystems, and Conservation Biology, in Toronto Canada (a fairly small but fully […]

## Will President Dutarte have to resign? Mathematician Euler offered an equation taken as proof of God

July 14, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, theism |

Recently, Philippines president Rodrigo Dutarte threatened to resign if anyone could prove that God exists. It turns out that the great mathematician Leonhard Euler (1707–1783) offered a proof of the existence of God. Today, Euler is considered one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. His interests covered almost all aspects of mathematics, from geometry […]

## At Vox: The number zero is weird

July 8, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Philosophy |

From Brian Resnick at Vox: Zero is in the mind, but not in the sensory world,” Robert Kaplan, a Harvard math professor and an author of a book on zero, says. Even in the empty reaches of space, if you can see stars, it means you’re being bathed in their electromagnetic radiation. In the darkest […]

## Mathematical Realism/ Platonism (and Nesher on Godel’s Option C)

As we continue to explore the mathematical domain of abstract reality and objective truth, we come to first the Godel point (as summarised by Nesher): where, recall, the domain of facts starts with something like the surreal world of numbers: and then also, we come to the world of Mathematical Platonism/ Realism. So, let me […]

## Why is the objectivity of Mathematics an important (& ID-relevant) question?

In recent days, I have taken time to show that while subjects study the logic of structure and quantity (= Mathematics, in a nutshell), the body of knowledge — including axiomatised systems — is objective. Where, “objective” effectively means, tied to such a body of accountable warrant and to foundational self-evident facts that the substance […]

## Ann Gauger: Beauty as part of the design of the universe

June 10, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

From Ann Gauger at ENST, from her essay, “Beauty leads us home,” Evolutionary biologists attribute our perception of beauty in nature to our evolutionary history. In 2004 two Russian artists, Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid, commissioned a poll to determine which kinds of art people from various countries found beautiful, and which kinds they found […]

## Onward exchange on the objectivity of Mathematical Knowledge

June 7, 2018 | Posted by kairosfocus under Logic and First Principles of right reason, Mathematics, Selective Hyperskepticism, warrant, knowledge, science and belief |

Over recent days, there has been an exchange at UD on the objectivity vs subjectivity of mathematical knowledge. This is relevant to our understanding of knowledge, and to our recognition of the credibility of Mathematical findings on debated matters. This instantly means that the specific concern and the penumbra of generalised perceptions of Mathematics, Science […]

## BO’H asks: “aren’t the axioms that mathematicians assume subjective? (they may be rational, but they’re not the only possible axioms that could be used)”

This is yet another significant issue that emerges from the ongoing exchanges on subjectivity, objectivity, possibility of objective moral truth, etc. And, the deep interconnectedness of what we are discussing is proving quite fruitful. So, I think it is useful to now headline Bob’s remark in the rebooting ethics education thread, which ties in Mathematics. […]

## A peek at the new grievance-driven math

May 28, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, science education |

Coming soon to tax-funded schools near you: 😉 A well meaning math teacher finds herself trumped by a post-fact America. Brought to us by the folk behind Algebra Is Racist and Objectivity is Sexist. A gift to incompetent teachers, timeserving bureaucrats, and sleazy politicians everywhere. See also: Algebra is racist. Objectivity is sexist. and The war […]

## Does the beginning of the universe require a cause?

May 22, 2018 | Posted by News under Big Bang, Cosmology, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Philosophy, Physics |

A philosophical question to wake you up. A reader directs our attention to a 2015 piece by cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin at Inference Review (2015): THE ANSWER to the question, “Did the universe have a beginning?” is, “It probably did.” We have no viable models of an eternal universe. The BGV theorem gives us reason to […]

## Origenes finds a handy “big number” calculator

May 13, 2018 | Posted by kairosfocus under Back to Basics of ID, Mathematics, UD's Sci-Tech watch |

In the isolated islands of function thread, Origenes cited the exact value of one of a big number. GP asked, how did you do it, as Excel and R are overwhelmed at that sort of level. Origenes answered: Origenes, 104: >> . . . I found this website: https://defuse.ca/big-number-calculator.htm >> Now, I have routinely used […]

## Did You Know? Don’t Let Stereotypes Block Your Smarts

May 12, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, science education |

From David Nguyen at Think Tank Learning: See also: Science news fact check: Was a new organ really discovered? and Science blunder: Hormone therapy and cancer

## Physicist: Do the defects of real numbers open the door to free will in physics?

May 10, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Mind |

From Emily Conover at ScienceNews, describing the work of physicist Nicholas Gisin: Gisin — known for his work on the foundations and applications of quantum mechanics — takes issue with real numbers that consist of a never-ending string of digits with no discernable pattern and that can’t be calculated by a computer. Such numbers (for […]

## Back to “Science sez”? (What makes or privileges “*scientific* knowledge”?)

It seems we cannot escape epistemological questions when we address ID issues. AK opens the squeaky-hinged door yet again in the US National Association of Scholars thread. My comment: KF, 9: >>[AK,] I see your: If they are published in reputable peer reviewed journals, they are scientific findings. We need to distinguish key terms and […]

## At New Republic: Did math kill God?

April 29, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Religion |

From Josephine Livingstone at New Republic, reviewing Michael E. Hobart’s The Great Rift: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide, In a new book called The Great Rift: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide, Michael E. Hobart offers a new twist on a huge old metanarrative: the death of God. Something or other happened in Renaissance […]

## From Real Clear Religion: Mathematics as a challenge for naturalism

April 23, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism |

From M. Anthony Mills: In fact, more problematic for the materialist than the non-existence of persons is the existence of mathematics. Why? Although a committed materialist might be perfectly willing to accept that you do not really exist, he will have a harder time accepting that numbers do not exist. The trouble is that numbers […]

## God’s perfect proofs? Are there such things?

March 21, 2018 | Posted by News under Books of interest, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism |

From Erica Klarreich at Quanta: In January, Ziegler traveled to San Diego for the Joint Mathematics Meetings, where he received (on his and Aigner’s behalf) the 2018 Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. “The density of elegant ideas per page [in the book] is extraordinarily high,” the prize citation reads. The 2014 book is Proofs from […]

## Should we be celebrating Tau Day instead of Pi Day?

March 18, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

Here at Uncommon Descent, we never really celebrated Pi Day (March 14) this year because other stuff intervened. But pi is a really important irrational number: Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only […]

## Physicist tries to distinguish the boundary between mathematics and physics. Then what re the multiverse?

March 13, 2018 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Multiverse |

From Ethan Siegel at Forbes: why, and when, can we use mathematics to learn something about our physical Universe? We don’t know the answer to why, but we do know the answer to when: when it agrees with our experiments and observations. So long as the laws of physics remain the laws of physics, and […]

## Stephen Hawking continues to talk widely celebrated nonsense about the Big Bang

March 6, 2018 | Posted by News under Atheism, Big Bang, Cosmology, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Philosophy |

From Meghan Bartels at MSN: Hawking approaches the problem by offering a detailed analogy, comparing space-time to any other continuous, curved surface, like the surface of the Earth. “There is nothing south of the South Pole,” Hawking says. The same principle holds with the universe: “There was nothing around before the Big Bang.”More. “Nothing” is […]