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COMPLEXITY: Physics of Life

How Measurability/Mathematical Bias Limits the Scope of Scientific Inquiry and Human Discovery

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In a fun and intriguing paper, Nobel Prize physicist Eugene Vigner explores the seemingly unreasonable effectiveness of mathematics in predicting and describing the world. While mathematics is undeniably impressive, it may not be applicable to everything, particularly in social, cognitive, and philosophical fields where constructs and relationships are harder to quantify. This presents a gap that may be difficult to bridge.

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