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6238Re: [CLASSICS-L] mathematical truths

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  • Goya
    Feb 16, 2014

      It's been pointed out that most working scientists do not read the works
      of ancient Greek science and philosophy: this is both true and
      unsurprising. What is perhaps more surprising and less well-known is that
      many of the pioneers of 20th century physics (Heisenberg, Schrödinger)
      were steeped in Greek philosophy.

      As far as 21st century physics are concerned, among the 196 papers
      available on the academia.edu site of the eminent Loop quantum gravity
      theorist Carlo Rovelli is one entitled "Aristotle's physics". Here's his

      "I show that Aristotelian physics is a correct approximation of Newtonian
      physics in its appropriate domain, in the same precise sense in which
      Newton theory is an approximation of Einstein's theory. Aristotelian
      physics lasted long not because it became dogma, but because it is a very
      good theory".

      Best, Mike

      Michael Chase
      CNRS UPR 76
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