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Of course, math (science) is accurate. People are NOT. Especially philosophically inclined. Typical example. Integrate both parts of the equation of a motion with constant gravitational acceleration: a=10 m/sec2 over time. You immediately get v=at+v0. So, if you drop something with zero initial velocity, you have its velocity at any moment of time t to be equal v=at=10t. Next what philosophically inclined mind demonstrates is how "wrong" is this equation by dropping a piece of paper and measuring its speed, say, 10 seconds later. "Look-he says - math clearly predicts the velocity to be 100 m/sec after 10 seconds of fall, but in REALITY the velocity is only 1.5 m/sec as everyone can see and measure. So math is obviousely WRONG".

I leave it up to you to guess who is actually wrong in the above example - math or the poor philosopher/experimenter who forgot to include something in the equation.