Originally posted by laymanskeptic
Self-explenatory for a student willing to suspend disbelief. I can always suspend disbelief regarding the foundations of calculus, and just follow it mechanically while using some physical insight, and ace the damn subject.
I'm talking about the mystery of why the physical world had to behave mathematically in the first place, something the garden variety calc student doesn't even think about.
"I'm moving around meaningful symbols on a sheet of paper, which so elegantly corresponds to the state of affairs in the physical world as if by magic, and I don't care about the philosophical why. I just know it works."
Typical engineering student. He will definitely pass the subject.
The physical world doesn;t behave mathematically. Math just tries to quantify physical state. It's just a generally accepted medium. Just like how the same grammar keeps our communication on the same page.
By the way just because someone doesn't agree with 2+2= 1,00003 doesn't necessarily make that person a robot that only records and stores instead of understanding. In calc it's more important to understand than memorize formulas. It's not algebraic algorithms only.
And also nobody says you can't question math- you are more then welcome to do so, just have to be able to withstand the scrutiny.