posted on Jan, 31 2014 @ 01:00 PM
For one, let's not underestimate math - it is THE key to everything we will ever know
No it isn't. There's a difference between physics and mathematics.
Good mathematics is a usually a necessary but not sufficient condition to be good physics. (every once in a while you get good physics even with
suggestive but loosey-goosey mathematics, which is firmed up rigorously in subsequent decades)
Consider Hawking's latest paper on grey holes---very few rigorous calculations (because they would take years of work by many people, and hawking
isn't physically capable of doing them now)---but very suggestive and deeply insightful ideas to resolving difficult conceptual problems. It is full
of physics, and not much mathematics, but the physical hypotheses and ideas start the direction for others to use physics and more careful mathematics
and surely numerical simulation to validate the consequences of Hawking's idea. Now this is an idea now, and not yet solid physics until the
mathematical and numerical work is done, but the axis of thinking and insight was only partially mathematical, in essence reconciling seemingly
physically contradictory requirements (quantum unitarity and irreversibility) with chaos.
And I agree 100% with the previous post---learn real math and physics----except that it isn't the mathematics which keeps things up in the air, but
describes how it haappens.
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