Einstein on Maths

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Einstein on Maths

Postby tomandlu » Mon Nov 09, 2015 10:29 am UTC

I came across this quote over the w/e in a pamphlet of two Einstein lectures, and thought it might amuse anyone who hasn't seen it before... I dunno why, but I get the impression that Einstein and Vonnegut would have got on well together.

At this point an enigma presents itself which in all ages has agitated inquiring minds. How can it be that mathematics, being after all a product of human thought which is independent of experience, is so admirably appropriate to the objects of reality? Is human reason, then, without experience, merely by taking thought, able to fathom the properties of real things.

In my opinion the answer to this question is, briefly, this:- As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
How can I think my way out of the problem when the problem is the way I think?

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