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TOPIC: MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS AT THE FOUNDATIONAL LEVEL THE WAY AHEAD IS TO KNOW ITS BASIS, ITS ORIGINS IN EMPIRICAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE NATURE WORLD by Gerry Klein [refresh]
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Author Gerry Klein wrote on Mar. 10, 2015 @ 15:39 GMT
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ABSTRACT Physics (from Ancient Greek, “knowledge of nature”) is the natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through space and time, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves. ---from wikipedia. Mathematics (from Greek, “knowledge, study, learning”), often shortened to maths or math, is the study of topics such as quantity (numbers), structure, space and change. ---from wikipedia. With this definition in mind this essay will show that the reason mathematics as a tool to explore unknown territory, its ability to reveal new knowledge and prove or disprove existing knowledge about the natural world especially when combined with physics is so effective is because its original deductive premise, symbols 1,2,3 as the natural counting numbers, accurately represent at the foundational level a reality that our sensory perception and experience tell us really exists. Mathematics is mated to physics at the foundational level of both. The natural counting numbers correspond directly to one, two, three existing objects we intuitively subjectively and physical objectively perceive and touch. With a correct deductive premise and the certainty of the deductive logic the conclusions must be accurate and valid in the natural world. The world we say we exist in.

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Gerry Klein is a retired Longshoreman, with an interest in understanding life.

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Gary D. Simpson wrote on Mar. 17, 2015 @ 03:33 GMT
Gerry,

This is a very nice essay ... nothing fancy but very nice. As they say, with age comes wisdom. You have linked counting with awareness of counting. Further, you have linked confusion at the upper tiers of math and physics with a belief that there is a fundamental error somewhere in our collective thinking. Well done and likely true. Of course, that is the easy part. Finding the error is the hard part:-)

Best Regards and Good Luck,

Gary Simpson

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 17, 2015 @ 16:15 GMT
Dear Mr. Klein,

You wrote: “We have collectively, scientists, experts and lay people alike in spite of intense effort by all have removed ourselves further and further from our everyday world by complex theories not sensory verifiable.”

You will find it easy to verify the following: This is my single unified theorem of how the real Universe is occurring: Newton was wrong about...

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 8, 2015 @ 15:51 GMT
Dear Gerry,

I think Newton was wrong about abstract gravity; Einstein was wrong about abstract space/time, and Hawking was wrong about the explosive capability of NOTHING.

All I ask is that you give my essay WHY THE REAL UNIVERSE IS NOT MATHEMATICAL a fair reading and that you allow me to answer any objections you may leave in my comment box about it.

Joe Fisher

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