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I Maths invented or discoverd

  1. Aug 24, 2016 #1
    Why maths fit so priciously in our nature laws.
    If it is created than why it is so fit ?.

    Is maths was already in this universe from begning?
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  3. Aug 24, 2016 #2


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    Here is one possibility. Mathematics describes the structures that could arise in all possible universes. Assuming that each possible universe must at least be logically internally consistent, it will obey some sort of mathematics. Moreover, for a universe to support something "complicated" like life, the mathematical structures describing that universe will be "interesting".

    This is partially why I view mathematics as an actual science - it is like studying the vast landscape of all structures that the human mind is capable of comprehending.

    As for as whether mathematics is created or discovered, well, the logical relations of mathematics are objective, and that is all "real" has to mean. We discover these relations that were there, even if we had never thought of them. The structure of the Mandelbrot set is a good example - infinite complexity that is there even though we can never study all of it.

    Update - it seems the same question is being considered here: https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/how-is-it-that-mathematics-describe-reality-so-well.873740/
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2016
  4. Aug 25, 2016 #3
    Closing this thread as philosophy is not allowed in the math forums.
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