# Category: Mathematics

## Why early humans preferred the Golden Ratio

December 20, 2015 | Posted by News under Mathematics, News |

Further to early humans preferred the Golden Ratio (1.618) too?: Repeated use of the numbers 2, Pi and Phi and the relationship between them could not have been chance. I, O’Leary for News, wish to thank bornagain for consistently helpful notes in the comments over the years, and to draw attention to his notes on […]

## Rob Sheldon on the “unknowability” problem

December 16, 2015 | Posted by News under Mathematics, Physics |

Further to Robert Marks on the math paradox that challenges physics because it may be unanswerable, Rob Sheldon writes to say, Without reading the full paper, it sounds like a familiar problem in many-body QM, how do you add up all the distant interactions in an infinite crystal to find the energy of the system […]

## Math problems unanswerable due to physics paradox?

December 14, 2015 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

Or physics problems unanswerable due to a math paradox? From Nature: In 1931, Austrian-born mathematician Kurt Gödel shook the academic world when he announced that some statements are ‘undecidable’, meaning that it is impossible to prove them either true or false. Three researchers have now found that the same principle makes it impossible to calculate […]

## Mathematician Granville Sewell as early ID theorist

December 3, 2015 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics |

U Tech’s Granville Sewell recalls: Author’s note: To paraphrase Barbara Mandrell, I was ID when ID wasn’t cool. What, intelligent design still isn’t cool, you say? Oh…well, compared to 1985 it is. I offer for your interest the Postscript to my 1985 Springer book, Analysis of a Finite Element Method: PDE/PROTRAN. This Postscript draws an […]

## Is there a smallest unit of length?

October 4, 2015 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

Interesting discussion from NOVA: Zeno’s paradox is solved, but the question of whether there is a smallest unit of length hasn’t gone away. Today, some physicists think that the existence of an absolute minimum length could help avoid another kind of logical nonsense; the infinities that arise when physicists make attempts at a quantum version […]

## Neil deGrasse Tyson on the biggest mystery of the universe …

April 26, 2015 | Posted by News under Cosmology, Mathematics, News |

… that it is knowable and mathematically based. That was said better by Eugene Wigner. 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. – “The Unreasonable Effectiveness “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural […]

## At PBS: Puzzle of mathematics is more complex than we sometimes think

April 19, 2015 | Posted by News under Mathematics, News |

Astrophysicist Mario Livio shares some thoughts: Math: Discovered, Invented, or Both? The puzzle of the power of mathematics is in fact even more complex than the above examples from electromagnetism might suggest. There are actually two facets to the “unreasonable effectiveness,” one that I call active and another that I dub passive. The active facet […]

## Oxford math prof John Lennox on whether God is a delusion

March 16, 2015 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

When writing this story, there were two traps I started falling into: The first one is, act like there is something really great about the person who notices that the universe shows evidence of design. No, that’s just normal. The Darwinists and the Christian Darwinists, paid off by Templeton for example, are earning their keep […]

## Anyone here remember that “born under a lucky star” theme?

March 13, 2015 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

People got unseasonably lucky (Texas lottery div). Questions were raised here. Someone good with numbers tried studying it a couple years back. But now this: Abstract: Some people have all the luck. We look at the Florida Lottery records of winners of prizes worth $600 or more. Some individuals claimed large numbers of prizes. Were they lucky, or up […]

## On skepticism about skeptics: Oxford mathematician John Lennox weighs in

February 25, 2015 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Naturalism, News |

Is Shermer’s sell-by date long past, like Dawkins’? It does have that feel.

## Multiverse cosmologist says the concept of infinity is ruining physics

February 22, 2015 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, Multiverse, News |

Sheldon: A much better title for the blog would be “Materialism is a beautiful concept – and its ruining physics.”

## Golden ratio in guitar solos?

December 2, 2014 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

Golden section and golden rectangles, the harmonic series and the model of its ideal behavior simplified.

## Does the golden ratio, 1.618, unify science?

November 29, 2014 | Posted by News under Mathematics, Multiverse, News |

Maybe they are wrong but it is not looney. You can actually measure this stuff. Take that, multiverse, and get out of here!

## Mathematician John Lennox asks, Is information evidence of something beyond nature?

November 26, 2014 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

John Lennox argues that there is evidence of transcendence beyond nature.

## Challenges to Darwin’s maths

November 24, 2014 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

The computational capacity of the universe suggests an upper bound to the number of transformational steps available for any theory of origins.

## Don’t black holes exist? But then what will popular culture do?

September 27, 2014 | Posted by News under Astronomy, Big Bang, Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

Pop culture rants, raves, and peeves have somehow found their expression today as “science.” This stuff doesn’t change; it just acquires science labels.

## Mathematicians’ role in flawed security cryptography

July 23, 2014 | Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Mathematics, News |

Using their expertise to subvert the group tasked with producing high quality cryptography?

## No past infinity? But what about a minus past infinity?

April 23, 2014 | Posted by News under Cosmology, Mathematics, News |

Kirk Durston: It is impossible to count through the entire set of negative integers, from minus infinity to zero, one integer at a time.

## Skeptical mathematician on the decade’s biggest change in physics

April 13, 2014 | Posted by News under Mathematics, Multiverse, News |

Peter Woit: As we learn more about the Higgs the lesson seems to be that this sector of the Standard Model behaves in the simplest way possible.