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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences

December 27, 2011

Enjoyed this well-known article by Eugene Wigner published in February, 1960:

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~matc/MathDrama/reading/Wigner.html

The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences is the title of an article published in 1960 by the physicist Eugene Wigner.[1] In the paper, Wigner observed that the mathematical structure of a physics theory often points the way to further advances in that theory and even to empirical predictions, and argued that this is not just a coincidence and therefore must reflect some larger and deeper truth about both mathematics and physics.

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