dingus · 1274 days ago · link · · parent · post: Is mathematics an effective way to describe the world?

The problem I have with this article is that the author tries to poke holes in mathematics by using "real-world" examples, but fails to note that mathematics is an idealization of the real world. We use mathematics to describe the big picture of what's going on, not to tell *exactly* what's happening. That's the job of simulations, which (surprise!) employ mathematics that describe a smaller scale to build the larger scale. The real world is very much described by math.