Monday, January 20, 2014
Mathematics Past Its Prime (so to speak)
This year's annual Edge question was, "What scientific idea is ready for retirement?"
The (~175) replies are listed here:
There are a great many wonderful responses, but I'll just cite a few which impinge directly on mathematics (but do take a gander at the entire thought-provoking list):
http://www.edge.org/response-detail/25414 (Charles Seife)
http://www.edge.org/response-detail/25401 (Nassim Taleb)
http://www.edge.org/response-detail/25349 (Emanuel Derman)
http://www.edge.org/response-detail/25345 (Carlo Rovelli)
http://www.edge.org/response-detail/25492 (Bart Kosko)
http://www.edge.org/response-detail/25344 (Max Tegmark)
Interestingly, a majority of these have issues with some aspect of that whipping-boy, statistics.