I think what Moore has to say is quite fascinating, he’s giving a wonderful survey of where this intellectual subject is, how it has gotten there, and where it might be going. I’m very much in sympathy with his historical discussion of how math and physics have evolved, at times closely linked, at others finding themselves far apart. He’s concerned about an issue that I’ve commented on elsewhere, the fact that physics and math seem to be growing apart again, with no mathematicians speaking at the conference, instead attending their own conference (“Strings-Math 2014?). Physics departments increasingly want nothing to do with mathematics, which is a shame.
Dumping math may be highly convenient if they are fronting ideas that don’t make sense.
See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology).
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