We are asked, how many grains of sand can you take away from a heap and still call it a heap?
At some level, we think, the world must be precisely defined. Underpinning its workings, in the end, are the laws of physics, which are expressed using cast-iron mathematical equations that admit no vagueness.
I’m not so sure that’s the case. I think I have uncovered a fundamental physical law that is itself vague. The implications could be far reaching, potentially casting doubt on the ability of conventional mathematics to provide us with a full description of the universe – but also perhaps opening entirely new avenues to even better physical theories.Eddy Keming Chen, “The fuzzy law that could break the idea of a mathematical universe” at New Scientist (subscription required)(subscription required)
New Scientist — as a culture — would probably always been happier joining the war on math, and this sounds like a way of testing the waters. But we shall see.
Paper. (open access)
See also: The progressive war on science takes dead aim at math