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Author peter wamai wanjohi wrote on Mar. 3, 2017 @ 19:20 GMT
Essay Abstract

The axiom of extensionality states that two sets which contain the same elements are the same set; therefore the converse of the statement “substituting mathematics for nature” is also true. This essay, as the title suggests, is an attempt to show that the study of mathematics and that of nature, especially its physical descriptions, are intertwined.

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Lives in Nairobi.Holds a masters in Public Health and working in public health administration as head of health research and coordination. Have written research papers in health in the course of official duty and researched physical questions privately in search of meaning. Married with four children

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Chris Broski wrote on Mar. 7, 2017 @ 19:41 GMT
I was not clear how your thesis related to the topic: how mathematical laws give rise to aims and intention. Still, thank you for many interesting ideas in your essay. I enjoyed reading.

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Author peter wamai wanjohi replied on Mar. 22, 2017 @ 07:57 GMT
Thanks alot




Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 10, 2017 @ 16:50 GMT
Dear peter wamai wanjohi,

Please excuse me for I have no intention of disparaging in any way any part of your essay.

I merely wish to point out that “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) Physicist & Nobel Laureate.

Only nature could produce a reality so simple, a single cell amoeba could deal with it.

The real Universe must consist only of one unified visible infinite physical surface occurring in one infinite dimension, that am always illuminated by infinite non-surface light.

A more detailed explanation of natural reality can be found in my essay, SCORE ONE FOR SIMPLICITY. I do hope that you will read my essay and perhaps comment on its merit.

Joe Fisher, Realist

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Author peter wamai wanjohi replied on Mar. 22, 2017 @ 07:58 GMT
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Satyavarapu Naga Parameswara Gupta wrote on Mar. 11, 2017 @ 19:41 GMT
Nice essay Prof Wanjohi,

You have written a nice essay on mathematics telling mathematics and nature are not different from each other, very good idea indeed!

……………… Dynamic Universe Model is a mathematical model for Universe. These mathematics show the bodies movement will be having a purpose…just have a look at my essay… “Distances, Locations, Ages and...

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Author peter wamai wanjohi replied on Mar. 22, 2017 @ 11:30 GMT
Thanks a lot , i sure have also read your essay




Donald Palmer wrote on Mar. 12, 2017 @ 14:45 GMT
Dear Peter,

An interesting history of mathematics as it applies to physical reality.

Not sure how this relates to 'aims and intentions' unless it is your final statement that "mathematics produces a representation of physical reality."

I would disagree with this conclusion since no mathematical equation gives precisely and exactly the measurements of any experiment, to any degree of accuracy.

I will suggest mathematics is a generalizing science, which takes what is the same between objects or situations - between two sticks and two sheep and two stars (the concept of 'two' comes from this). It is the ability to generalize across many apparently different situations that gives mathematics great power, when applied to reality. However this same generalizing ability suggests it may not provide the uniqueness we find everywhere in reality.

You also leave out a number of issues with mathematics over history. Decimals did not appear in general use until about 500 years ago and the Pythagorean did not count sqrt(2) as an irrational number, as irrational numbers were not considered numbers until much more recently. There is also the 300 year discussion of how an infinity of infinitely small non-numbers can become a number (or value) that raged against the calculus. Mathematicians do not agree on many things, especially when infinity is involved (which comes into play with calculus and many more recent aspects).

Mathematics is not as pure nor as exact as you make it appear.

A good read about a number of aspects of mathematics and physics, just need to keep perspective that mathematics is another human endeavor with it's own problems and failures.

Don

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Author peter wamai wanjohi replied on Mar. 22, 2017 @ 06:39 GMT
Dear Sir,

I totally agree that experimental work (physical, mental as well as innovation) usually does it for man's quest in generating new knowledge ,solving problems and advancing technology.The argument i tried to present is that mathematical law often also lead to specific aims and intentions. This interchangeability between general and particular lawfulness means mathematics is an underlying principle. It is mostly the measurement that fails,not the mathematic e.g at the quantum scale due to uncertainty and at relativistic scale due to the distances involved.In those boundary conditions mathematics becomes the only viable option ;for example using differential equations to make physical predictions and thereby generate new physical laws.




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