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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Chaitin on the Seduction of Mathematics


I didn't have any Sunday reflection picked out for today, but then Joselle Kehoe posted something that makes for a good one:

http://mathrising.com/?p=1160

It's about Gregory Chaitin reflecting on Ramanujan, Cantor, Euler, and mathematics as a seductress!

a couple of provocative lines:

From Chaitin:
"I believe mathematics is based only on emotion and inspiration and it’s totally irrational and we don’t know where it comes from especially in cases where it’s an obsession."
 and from Joselle:
"...maybe the right way to think about the universe is that the universe is a computation  – computing its future state from its current state.  One can think of everything as a computation – understanding, the physical universe, DNA, as well as current technology."

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