Single Idea 20660

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / A. Nature of Mathematics / 4. Using Numbers / g. Applying mathematics]

Full Idea

At some rather abstract level one can immediately recognise one basic similarity between nature and mathematics ...this suggests that the overall similarity between mathematics and nature must have a deeper origin.

Gist of Idea

At one level maths and nature are very similar, suggesting some deeper origin


Stephen Wolfram (A New Kind of Science [2002], p.772), quoted by Peter Watson - Convergence 17 'Philosophy'

Book Reference

Watson,Peter: 'Convergence' [Simon and Schuster 2016], p.413

A Reaction

Personally I think mathematics has been derived by abstracting from the patterns in nature, and then further extrapolating from those abstractions. So the puzzle in nature is not the correspondence with mathematics, but the patterns.