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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

Have you ever wondered why maths so perfectly helps us describe physics? It all fits together so well by a happy coincidence. This a famous article by physicist Eugene Wigner from 1960 which ponders this question and along the way points to a few human behaviors that could help explain e.g. humans see what they’re looking for. It can be hard to follow every argument but the wikipedia page about it gives a lot more insight. This is a great summing up from the author himself:

‘The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve. We should be grateful for it and hope that it will remain valid in future research and that it will extend, for better or for worse, to our pleasure, even though perhaps also to our bafflement, to wide branches of learning.’

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