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CATEGORY: Trick or Truth Essay Contest (2015) [back]
TOPIC: Darwin and his Chicken: Is the effectiveness of mathematics in physics really that confounding? by Sarvesh Sunil Uplap [refresh]
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Author Sarvesh Sunil Uplap wrote on Mar. 11, 2015 @ 13:10 GMT
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This paper looks at the expression of physical realities in terms of mathematics as the problematic relationship as it has been regarded throughout and attempts to offer an explanation.

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Undergraduate student, Bachelor of Arts.

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Joe Fisher wrote on Mar. 23, 2015 @ 16:15 GMT
Dear Mr. Uplap,

I thought that your essay was exceptionally well written and I certainly hope that your essay fares well in the competition.

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Joe Fisher

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Joe Fisher wrote on Apr. 9, 2015 @ 15:58 GMT
Dear Sarvesh,

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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Armin Nikkhah Shirazi wrote on Apr. 22, 2015 @ 22:13 GMT
Dear Sarvesh,

It is interesting to see you attempt to tie the contest topic to the chicken-or egg question. While I agree with some of your characterizations of physics and mathematics, I would like to make two points:

1) Mathematics may not be quite as culture-independent as you think. It is certainly true that propositions like 1+1=2 are not culture-dependent, but how such...

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