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Elementary number theory in physics?

  1. Jul 28, 2007 #1
    Does elementary number theory have any applications in physics? If so how?
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  3. Jul 28, 2007 #2


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    quantum computing, quantum information theory (well, stictly speaking, that's just information theory but it is hot topics in physics right now)
  4. Jul 28, 2007 #3
    There's a lot of overlap between number theory and symmetry, which is pretty central to Physics. There's a book called "Why Beauty is Truth" by Ian Stewart that traces the development of number theory and its various off-shoots with an eye to symmetry and how it applies in Physics. I recommend it to anyone interested in such things.
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