Ideas of Steven Weinberg, by Theme

[American, fl. 1977, Noted physicist. Professor at Berkeley, MIT, Harvard and Texas, Austin.]

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6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 4. Mathematical Empiricism / b. Indispensability of mathematics
It is spooky the way mathematics anticipates physics
     Full Idea: It is positively spooky how the physicist finds the mathematician has been there before him or her.
     From: Steven Weinberg (Lecture on Applicability of Mathematics [1986], p.725), quoted by Stewart Shapiro - Thinking About Mathematics 2.3
     A reaction: This suggests that mathematics might be the study of possibilities or hypotheticals, like mental rehearsals for physics. See Hellman's modal structuralism. Maybe mathematicians are reading the mind of God, but I doubt that.