Think about it… Mathematical entities like numbers, sets, and equations are non-physical and abstract. They can’t cause anything. Yet, for some reason, the physical universe operates…mathematically.
As Galileo put it, “The book of nature is written in the language of mathematics.”
“Scientists do not use mathematics merely as a convenient way of organising the data. They believe that mathematical relationships reflect real aspects of the physical world. Science relies on the assumption that we live in an ordered Universe that is subject to precise mathematical laws. Thus, the laws of physics, … are all expressed as mathematical equations.” – Paul Davies
So, how do we explain the astonishing applicability of math to the physical world?
Those who think math doesn’t apply have probably bought into the oppressive idea that 2 + 2 = 4 And all social ills can be traced to that awful myth. 😉
Hat tip: Philip Cunningham