# Category: Mathematics

## Prime numbers are not “nearly as scattershot” as previously thought

September 11, 2018 | Posted by News under Chemistry, Design inference, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

From researchers at Princeton: The seemingly random digits known as prime numbers are not nearly as scattershot as previously thought. A new analysis by Princeton University researchers has uncovered patterns in primes that are similar to those found in the positions of atoms inside certain crystal-like materials. The researchers found a surprising similarity between the sequence of […]

## Silenced! Selectivity too close to truth?

September 9, 2018 | Posted by DLH under academic freedom, Culture, Education, Free Speech, Human evolution, Mathematics, Natural selection, Peer review, Popular culture, Probability, Science, Mathematics, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Society |

Should science pursue truth regardless of consequences? Or must we succumb to political correctness? Must selectivity of females always equal males? Consider: Academic Activists Send a Published Paper Down the Memory Hole – by Theodore P. Hill “In the highly controversial area of human intelligence, the ‘Greater Male Variability Hypothesis’ (GMVH) asserts that there are […]

## Professor: Maths should be a movement against “objects, truths, and knowledge”

August 30, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Education, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism, science education |

Same ”Mathematx” prof, same bilge, more publicity, but no action: A U.S. professor who teaches future public school teachers will “argue for a movement against objects, truths, and knowledge” in a keynote to the Mathematics Education and Society conference this coming January, says her talk description. “The relationship between humans, mathematics, and the planet has […]

## Will increasingly sophisticated computer simulations “end” theoretical physics as we know it?

August 29, 2018 | Posted by News under Computing, AI, Cybernetics and Mechatronics, Cosmology, Mathematics, Physics |

Hossenfelder: Perhaps one day, rather than doing calculations, we will just use observations of simplified systems to make predictions.

## You think the SJW war on engineering is a joke…

August 21, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Engineering, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism |

And that is your mistake. A look at how social justice warriors have penetrated the soft underbelly of engineering: Engineering education has been infiltrated by a “phalanx of social justice warriors” who are steadily corrupting the field, according to a Michigan State University professor. “They have sought out the soft underbelly of engineering, where phrases […]

## The war on math and science spreads to engineering

August 20, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Engineering, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism |

It’s a good thing that we don’t need bridges and buildings to be stable: Professional engineers are expressing befuddlement over unsubstantiated scholarly accusations that the field’s licensure exam is biased against women. Women are 11.6% less likely to pass. The agency that administers the exam—the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)—also pushed […]

## Progressive war on science takes dead aim at math

August 17, 2018 | Posted by News under Culture, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

Recently, we noted the peculiar state of affairs by which atheists, who appear to dominate Top Science, have disproportionately progressive views and yet seem oblivious to the current progressive war on science. Here are two more shots at math: Rochelle Gutiérrez Title: Mathematx: Towards a way of Being The relationship between humans, mathematics, and the […]

## Which side will atheists choose in the war on science?

August 13, 2018 | Posted by News under Atheism, Culture, Mathematics, Science |

From Denyse O’Leary at MercatorNet: In June, I wrote a piece here at MercatorNet, “A shambolic atheist community faces some tough choices,” reflecting on the discontent of some members of that community. It attracted a good many comments and at least one riposte shortly afterward. The riposte garnered 114 comments too. Clearly, the piece struck […]

*Mind of the Maker* spotlights mathematics as evidence for design in nature

August 5, 2018 | Posted by News under Books of interest, Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

A recent book, Science and the Mind of the Maker: What the Conversation Between Faith and Science Reveals About God , by Melissa Cain Travis might be of interest. According to one of the Amazon reviews, One of the areas in the book that is unique and very interesting is the discussion about mathematics. The […]

## Octonions: Do eight-dimensional numbers underlie the universe?

July 21, 2018 | Posted by News under Cosmology, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Physics |

From Natalie Wolchover at Quanta: Complex numbers, suitably paired, form 4-D “quaternions,” discovered in 1843 by the Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton, who on the spot ecstatically chiseled the formula into Dublin’s Broome Bridge. John Graves, a lawyer friend of Hamilton’s, subsequently showed that pairs of quaternions make octonions: numbers that define coordinates in an […]

## 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 […]