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Evolution of Abstraction in Physics and Mathematics

June 10, 2008

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One of the key characteristics of the evolution of mathematics and physics has been a progressing increase in the degree of abstraction and generality. First, let’s consider how the description of nature as physics has developed toward increasing generalization. The ancient description of planetary motion set forth concrete geometric models in which the planets moved […]