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The pythagorean world: Why mathematics is unreasonably effective in physics

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This book explores precisely how mathematics allows us to model and predict the behaviour of physical systems, to an amazing degree of accuracy. One of the oldest explanations for this is that, in some profound way, the structure of the world is mathematical. The ancient Pythagoreans stated that “everything is number”. However, while exploring the Pythagorean method, this book chooses to add a second principle of the universe: the mind. This work defends the proposition that mind and mathematical structure are the grounds of reality.

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McDonnell, J. (2016). The pythagorean world: Why mathematics is unreasonably effective in physics. The Pythagorean World: Why Mathematics is Unreasonably Effective in Physics (pp. 1–394). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-40976-4

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