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quote:Originally posted by daveshortsMaths isn't a science, it doesn't tell you anything about the real world, just things about whichever imaginary one you are thinking about at the moment. If you attempt to show that the imaginary world you are thinking about. is related to the real world that is science. If you are very lucky new things you find out about the imaginary world will also be true in the real world, but you can only find out if this is the case by doing experiments.

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quote:Originally posted by lightarrowquote:Originally posted by daveshortsMaths isn't a science, it doesn't tell you anything about the real world, just things about whichever imaginary one you are thinking about at the moment. If you attempt to show that the imaginary world you are thinking about. is related to the real world that is science. If you are very lucky new things you find out about the imaginary world will also be true in the real world, but you can only find out if this is the case by doing experiments.At least here in italy, the degree course of Mathematics at university is included in the Faculty of "Mathematical, Physical and Naturalistic Sciences"..quote:it doesn't tell you anything about the real worldThere are many mathematical applications to the real world, for example probability and statistics, computing, information science, ecc.

quote:Originally posted by daveshortsPersonally I would have said closer to engineering as it is certainly the application of both maths and a bit of science.Maths isn't a science, it doesn't tell you anything about the real world, just things about whichever imaginary one you are thinking about at the moment. If you attempt to show that the imaginary world you are thinking about. is related to the real world that is science. If you are very lucky new things you find out about the imaginary world will also be true in the real world, but you can only find out if this is the case by doing experiments.

quote:Originally posted by DoctorBeaverBut if the ultimate aim of science is to prove that certain things are so, then you can't get much more scientific than pure maths. The way maths is used (in, for instance, theoretical physics) is not maths per se, merely the application of it. Actual mathematics is the most exact science there is.