Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Quote of the Day: The Best of all Possible Mathematics

Alexander Polyakov - Soviet mathematician

“We know that nature is described by the best of all possible mathematics because God created it." (h/t y-origins.com)

Dr. Polyakov is known for a number of fundamental contributions to quantum field theory. His formulation of string theory has had profound impacts on the conceptual and mathematical understanding of the theory. For more, consult:


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Another of the conundrums that materialists face is the beauty found in the mathematical equations that define the physics of our wonderful universe. That there should be laws at all is one thing, that man should appear on the scene as a seeking, finding being capable of discovering them another, but, as one apparently perplexed mathematician put it (and I'm paraphrasing), "why should the mathematics be so beautiful?".


One thing that materialists and theists can agree on: The same Guy who paints the skies with rainbows and sunsets is responsible for the mathematical formulas that drive our universe. And both are beautiful. In the case of the theist, this Guy is God; in the case of the materialist, he is an unintelligent, non-existent, nobody.

Speaking of rainbows, I saw a magnificent one this evening, traveling through the Eastern townships of Quebec.

"The heavens declare the glory of God".

Apparently, in more ways than one.

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"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"