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Posted by Richard Ruquist on October 22, 2001 13:39:09 UTC

If the current list of physical laws and their math is the final theory of nature, then it is possible to say that math rules the universe.

However, we do not yet know if that is true. If math ruled the universe and we knew the math, we would be able to predict every single reaction.

We cannot predict with any certainty even what a single photon will do when it interacts with matter.

Now the response is that we know statistically what a great number of photons will do, and that is correct, but not sufficient. In fact that is like thermodynamics. But thermo like f=ma is a macroscopic physical law that is not even included in the 4 forces of nature. So I do not think such laws or math qualifies as ruling the universe.

It may be that math rules the universe, but there is as yet no guarantee that there is not some non-mathematical elements at work. If there are, we will never find the final theory as math and experiment are the only way that humans can investigate the universe. If we never get total agreement of math and experiment, then we cannot say that math rules the universe.

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