Re: Mathematics and Christianity

From: Robert Miller (
Date: Sat Mar 10 2001 - 00:13:21 EST

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    One of John Barrow's books is about the fit between phyiscs and mathmatics
    but I can't remember the title and have my copy packed away.

                     Bob Miller

    At 12:11 AM 3/7/01 -0500, you wrote:
    >While it isn't from a Christian perspective, metaphysical issues that many
    >ASA people would find interesting are raised in Eugene Wigner's famous essay
    >"The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences,"
    >which is on the Web many places, for example:
    >For example, a statement near the end is:
    >"The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the
    >formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither
    >understand nor deserve."
    > From a Christian standpoint, one might say that this "wonderful gift" was a
    >part of God's design so that we could investigate his creation and fulfill
    >our stewardship mandate. It would take more of a philosopher and/or
    >theologian than I am in order to expand that thought into a coherent article,
    >though it would not surprise me if somebody had done it somewhere.
    >Dr. Allan H. Harvey, Boulder, Colorado |
    >"Any opinions expressed here are mine, and should not be
    >attributed to my employer, my wife, or my cats"

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