tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2516188730140164076.post4445462009916355414..comments2021-09-09T13:11:42.849-04:00Comments on Devlin's Angle: Patterns? What patterns?Mathematical Association of Americahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/10559021045290192742noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2516188730140164076.post-8960857312068110402012-02-08T01:32:22.062-05:002012-02-08T01:32:22.062-05:00I prefer to describe mathematics as "The Lang...I prefer to describe mathematics as "The Language of Patterns".<br />To me, science is about measurement and hypothesis and experiment. It is an attempt to understand something that is outside us (outside our mind at least). It is inherently imprecise (though not less useful for that reason).<br />It is part of the natural world, not part of Plato's more abstract pure world.<br /><br />Mathematics is not like that. As the prose in the video says, it is entirely within our minds. It is precise (Though it can work with approximations, it does so precisely). It only relates to the "real world" when we find a useful correlation. So it is not like science. It is more like language - it only has meaning in the context of a mind. Without the mind, it is just noise.<br /><br />Mathematics is how we communication patterns to others and explore patterns for ourselves. It is the language of patterns.Unknownhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/04836029666027213276noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2516188730140164076.post-35076796046442912742012-01-25T19:47:57.066-05:002012-01-25T19:47:57.066-05:00See also
Mathematics As a Science of Patterns
Mic...See also<br />Mathematics As a Science of Patterns <br />Michael D. Resnik<br /><br />For an interesting philosophical analysis.Nebraska BlogGrasshttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15909247084228934073noreply@blogger.com