The Math

Music we’ve covered, but then there’s mathematics. Physics, more precisely. Doesn’t anyone find it a bit convenient that there are equations that can predict how things will behave in reality? It has made some people think that God is a mathematician at heart, though I believe differently on that matter. But how eerie is it that Newton’s laws of gravitation so closely match how things behave, but then Einstein comes along, and we have an even more precise description of how things must happen? The greatest gift to knowledge of the twentieth century is the sense of uncertainty — just before it, the Enlightenment had everyone thinking we’d figured it all out, just some trivial details remained to be found. How wrong we were. But the universe seems to be profoundly weirder than we ever before believed it could be. And yet, we can make sense of it. You don’t find that at all peculiar?

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