FOM: "The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics"
RTragesser at compuserve.com
Mon Jan 26 08:01:35 EST 1998
RE: FOM: "The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics"
For a powerful synergy effect, I
recommend reading Jack Schwartz's
1962 (7 page) essay
"The pernicious influence of mathematics
along side of the Wigner piece. It
interestingly complicates the picture
we must have
of mathematics in order to approach
Schwartz is reprinted in
Kac-Rota-Schwartz DISCRETE THOUGHTS
(Birkauser Boston, 1986).
Annoyingly, the original
source is not given except to say
that it was Stanford University Press.
Since I am currently doing
penance for an excessive littering of postings,
I'll not comment (i.e., I don't have anything
too good not to say to say).
I have a few Xerocopies I could send out
snail mail if there is interest and
the Schwartz piece in any of its
incarnations is difficult of access.
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