In the development of mathematical ideas, one important initial driving force has always been to find mathematical structures that accurately mirror the behaviour of the physical world. But it is normally not possible to examine the physical world itself in such precise detail that appropriately clear-cut mathematical notions can be abstracted directly from it. Instead, progress is made because mathematical notions tend to have a "momentum" of their own that appears to spring almost entirely from within the subject itself. Mathematical ideas develop, and various kinds of problem seem to arise naturally.

Roger Penrose

Roger Penrose

English mathematician and physicist

8 August 1931 —

The Road to Reality

Page 59-60


Time of publication: January 3, 2022

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