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December 7, 2006

Physics driven by Maths (but with a delay).

Filed under: Uncategorized — basileios @ 11:00 am

Kit explains to Vibe about studying advanced mathematics but the real world takes a while to catch up in page 330.

What is interesting is that most of the changes, revolutions, advancements (whatever you want to call them) in physics went in parallel with the use of a different segment of mathematics (usually with a small delay). So for example Newtonian mechanics were the result of the application of calculus, Electromagnetism the application of vectors, general/special relativity came as a result of the application of tensors, and quantum mechanics a result of group theoretical techniques (I suspect today topology plays that role). Kit is right in talking about roughly a 20 year lap in this application and advancement.

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