Re: Some comments on "The Mathematical Universe"

From: Brian Tenneson <>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 10:44:06 -0700

I found a paper that might be of interest to those interested in
Tegmark's work.

I discuss some problems related to extreme mathematical realism,
focusing on a recently proposed "shut-up-and-calculate" approach to
physics (arXiv:0704.0646 <>,
arXiv:0709.4024 <>). I offer arguments for
a moderate alternative, the essence of which lies in the acceptance that
mathematics is (at least in part) a human construction, and discuss
concrete consequences of this--at first sight purely
philosophical--difference in point of view.


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