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"Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe" Galileo Galilei

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[–]Tom_Bombadil 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun - 10 months ago* (4 children)

I tend to agree with EndlessSunflowers. If we consider the physics that govern our known universe there are a few repeat player's: * pi * e * c * h * G * k

Etc. Etc. These universal constants are what they are; as a result of physical constraints built into this universe. The premise is if the physics governing any given ratio were to change then a formulaic adjustment would be necessary to accurately represent the physics of the model. Crucially, the mathematical axioms would remain intact. The fact that the mathematical axioms remain intact reinforces the assertion of Galileo Galelie. The mathematical axioms are the universal alphabet..

[–]Mnemonic 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 10 months ago (3 children)

The mathematical axioms are the universal alphabet.

That's something else than the original quote and might hold up to be true if you define universal alphabet as something we can use to communicate with sufficient intelligent aliens.

But I'm saying that Math is possible because it all runs on a deeper language (aka god's code/alphabet/language). Math emerges as a descriptive language out of nature, not the other way around. Like you don't use goose bumps to write cold winds, but you can use cold winds to write goose bumps.

[–]Tom_Bombadil 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 10 months ago (2 children)

Maybe you don't. I happen to use goose bumps to do pretty much whatever I feel like.

Also, there are plenty of mathematical models that don't break any mathematical rules, but don't in any way describe nature; as we know it. An example of this is Five-dimensional space. A mathematical model for (n)th-dimensional space can be created in a similar way. These models are perfectly valid, but aren't based in the reality of nature as we know it.

nth dimensional universes may very well exist in the multiverse. Fundamental constants (Planck, pi, etc.) may have different values in these universes. We would expect the mathematical axioms to remain the same. The fundamental nature of axioms can be used as building blocks and combined similar to letters in an alphabet to create formulas, which would be analogous to words. Multiple formulas can be organized to form sentences, paragraphs, chapters, books, volumes, libraries, goose bumps, etc.

I'm kind of making this all up on the fly...

[–]Mnemonic 2 insightful - 1 fun2 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 0 fun3 insightful - 1 fun - 10 months ago (1 child)

axioms can be used as building blocks and combined similar to letters in an alphabet to create formulas, which would be analogous to words.

That's what axioms are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axiom#Mathematical_logic

Join the club. I'm a little busy atm for now, but I'll come back on this, this conversation took me over some some things I haven't really thought about.

[–]Tom_Bombadil 3 insightful - 1 fun3 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 0 fun4 insightful - 1 fun - 10 months ago (0 children)

Mnemonic. I've read many of your posts, and comments. You are an exceptionally intelligent person. I doubt it would be a challenge for you to poke holes in most fallacious arguments, without bothering to l verify sources, or content. I agree with the majority of your argument. However, on occasion I'm a bit of a stickler meeseeks.

Also, I'm quite familiar with axioms. I figured I'd toss in a basicl description for the casual reader.

However, I did forget how insanely technical mathematicians are wont to be. I appreciate the refresher.

This is fun. I look forward to future philosophical discussions

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