Lax - MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS “Nature not only suggests...

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Unformatted text preview: MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS “Nature not only suggests to us problems, she suggests their solution” – Henri Poincare “The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve” – Eugene Wigner in “The unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the physical sciences” “I didn’t become a mathematician because mathematics was so full of beautiful and difficult problems that one might waste one’s power in pursuing them without finding the central question.” – Albert Einstein “Mathematics is trivial – but I cannot do my work without it.” – Richard Feynman “My goal is to show that the heavenly machine is not a kind of divine living being but similar to a clockwork insofar as all the manifold motions are taken care of by one single, absolutely simple magnetic bodily force, as in a clockwork all motion is taken care of by a single weight.” More than a third of Riemann’s publication were in...
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course MATH 112 taught by Professor Jarvis during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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Lax - MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS “Nature not only suggests...

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