The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics.

  title={The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics.},
  author={Richard Wesley Hamming},
  journal={American Mathematical Monthly},
  • R. Hamming
  • Published 1980
  • American Mathematical Monthly
Prologue. It is evident from the title that this is a philosophical discussion. I shall not apologize for the philosophy, though I am well aware that most scientists, engineers, and mathematicians have little regard for it; instead, I shall give this short prologue to justify the approach. Man, so far as we know, has always wondered about himself, the world around him, and what life is all about. We have many myths from the past that tell how and why God, or the gods, made man and the universe… Expand
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