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The Babylonians possibly started applying mathematics to scientific study. Nearly 3,000 years ago, they used mathematics to discover the pattern underlying eclipses. But it took another 2,500 years and the invention of calculus and Newtonian physics to explain the patterns.
Nearly every maj...
The Sapir-Whort hypothesis states that you can't discuss a concept if you don't have the language to describe it.
In any science, we need to describe concepts. For example, one can describe an electron, but the moment we ask questions like "What colour is it?" English falls...
Mathematics is not just a language for describing the external world but, in many ways, it is the only one. However, because we can describe something mathematically doesn't mean we can predict it.
Chaotic systems is one of the recent remarkable discoveries. These are simpl...
Many social phenomena, from the stock market to revolutions, lack good predictive mathematics, but we can describe them in retrospect and to some extent construct model systems.
In personal relationships, the majority of us choose partners inside our social class and linguistic group, so it...
A universe that could not be described mathematically would need to be not only unpredictable but fundamentally irrational.
Because a theory is implausible doesn't mean we can't describe it mathematically.
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