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 author states that, “Several eminent thinkers have convincingly argued that we discover, rather than invent, the realities of mathematics.” She cites numerous references from several scientists supporting this thesis, including Max Planck, Sir Arthur Eddington, Eugene Wigner and Roger Penrose. For example, physicist Wigner (an agnostic) wrote, “The enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious. There is no rational explanation for it.” Many of the scientists that recognized this mystery were agnostics or atheists. The book also asserts that, “Objective mathematical truth poses a problem for a strict materialist philosophy, which denies that there is any reality independent of matter and energy.” The problem for materialism is not just that there are mathematical truths, but also the fact that we have the capacity to understand them. The conclusion is that, “Materialism is woefully inadequate for explaining the connections that exist between mathematics, the material world, and the human mind.”
Melissa worked as a bench scientist in the fields of biotechnology and pharmaceutical research for five years after obtaining her undergraduate degree, and has spent more than a decade exploring the science, theology, and philosophy related to the origins debate.
Hat tip: Philip Cunningham
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