Thursday, September 06, 2007

Laws of mathematics that refer to reality, are not certain


112 Mercer Street
Burton Feldman


If you are not allergic to math, you may like to know that "mathematics, like experimentation, sometimes yields surprising or even unwanted results," as Burton Feldman writes in 112 Mercer Street (http://www.landmarkonthenet.com/).

Quite like accounting, you may like to mutter, but the book speaks of an example of `surprise' thus: "In 1928, the British physicist Paul Dirac formulated an equation only to find that it predicted a hitherto unknown and startling particle, the antielectron (or positron). One might even say that it was not Dirac, but his equation (via a minus sign), that discovered antimatter."

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