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January 16, 2007


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

I understood maybe one one-hundredth of what was said in this interview, but I enjoyed it thoroughly anyway. The topic: the relationship between physics and math, and the relationship both of them might or might not have with anything we might think of as reality. If math is embedded in the nature of things, how and why did it get there? A nice line from Greg Chaitin: "Deep philosophical questions are never resolved, you just get tired of discussing them."



posted by Michael at January 16, 2007


Astrophysics/Math student reading this dialogue.

It's hillarious! Especially that bit about accelerating computers by placing them at the event horizon of a black hole. Sure guys...

I do like how the question is whether math is independant of physics rather than the converse. More mathematicians ought to consider it.

There are indeed some gold-nugget quotes in here.
Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: Nanani on January 16, 2007 8:05 PM

Yes, it is a good article, mainly for that initial stuff about how calculators work only by the luck of physics.

Posted by: Noumenon on January 17, 2007 9:06 AM

I think this has something to do with "The Matrix," right?

Posted by: Steven on January 24, 2007 9:57 AM

I particularly enjoyed the section regarding pseudo-randomness as I've discussed/explained the concept many a time.

Thanks for the link!

Posted by: claire on January 24, 2007 5:21 PM

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