
Understanding Mathematics
Posted on May 13th, 2011 10 commentsUnderstanding mechanics is nothing to do with mathematics, it is the reality of what is actually happening and why it is happening?
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This post is really nothing to do with mechanics because mechanics is about reality?
In fact I will attempt to explain the roll of mathematics in relation to reality.
There is a series of pet food advertisements on British television, in which the animals (cats or dogs) state that “you should read the instructions yourself because I cannot read”. However, earlier adverts had a situation in which the animals had to say that they could not count, but these adverts were quickly dropped. I would imagine that the company received thousands of letters pointing out that animals can count. This was my immediate reaction on first seeing the advert. Sad really, that the company knew so little about animals.
Natural arithmetic is addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Many animals have the inborn ability to carry out simple examples of these arithmetical functions.
Arithmetic
Addition and subtraction.
Addition and subtraction are fairly simple for animals, they check their young every few minutes and know exactly how many they should have (addition) and how many are missing (subtraction). Our last dog, Mandy, when receiving ‘treats’ , would stay still until we had scattered the correct number of them, and then collect them together. If we did not throw the correct number she would nudge our legs to tell us that we had got it wrong. If we threw one more when we were two short she would nudge our legs again to tell us that we had still got it wrong.
Multiplication and division.
Division is ‘fractions’ . Obviously animals don’t calculate fractions that give an answer of less than one because there is no necessity for it in their lives. However, in some respects they can calculate fractions. Offer a dog the choice between a full shinbone and half a shinbone and it will select the full shinbone. Which is the greater; one shinbone or one shinbone divided by two? [Which is the greater; 1 or 1/2 ?].
Now let us consider a far more difficult question. If we cut the shinbone into three equal lengths A, B and C, which one would the dog select? The dog must work out which is the greater, A, B or C. [Which is the greater 1/3, 1/3 or 1/3?]
We know from experience that the dog will not select B, it will select A or C. It is obvious that the human arithmetical notation is of no use to us in this case, but the dog would be able to make the correct selection. Does this mean that the dog is more intelligent than we are? No, it just means that the dog has more information than can be supplied by the human arithmetical notations. The dog works it out by logic.
Mathematics is a manmade tool which can be very useful. It is not a science. Like any tool it will do certain things very well. and like any tool, if incorrectly used, can create disasters.
Although claimed by the physicists to be their specialised subject, (it should be, most physicists rely on a Mathematics Degree to get a job.), most of them only have knowledge of a small number of the 1,000,s of formulae in everyday use. Most of the worlds formula were created by engineers. {Odd really, Einstein is famous for one equation that he got a Nobel prize for, (even though it was wrong), whereas I have created about 2530 new equations over the years, all which have proved to be right. I once produced a new formula for working out escalation costs on Oil platforms. This caused great consternation to the oil companies and they spent many months attempting to discredit it. Obviously they failed because they had to pay in accordance with my new formula. This was quite a complex formula. On another occasion, determining the cost of hiring ships, boats and rigs and their staff and operatives operating in the North Sea was quite a complex problem which even the suppliers had difficulty with.
In this instance I produced a simple formula that produced more accurate figures and only took about 30 minutes to work out the total payments due each month. Obviously I do not hate mathematics, I just hate the misuse of mathematics, especially by physicists.
“Firstly, the abandonment of the ideal of a mechanical explanation of everything has eliminated a great deal of idle hypotheses. The properties of the fundamental entities of physics are now stated in the form of mathematical equations, instead of being ‘explained’ by a hypothetical mechanism.” From ” The Philosophy of Physical Science”, by Sir Arthur Eddington. This is the ‘Eddington’ usually quoted by physicists when they are asked awkward questions.
Let us consider the first sentence. Modern physics is now almost entirely composed of ‘idle hypotheses’. Quarks, time dilation, rubber sheet universes, black holes, time travel, nuclear fusion, Hadrons, and now the God particle, are just a few of the ‘idle hypotheses’ that occupy the minds of the physicists.
Logic and Measurement.
Although the word ‘logic’ is commonly used when referring to mathematics, logic actually refers to reasoning whereas mathematics is simply a set of rules designed to make things simpler. (Yes I know, if you don’t like mathematics, then the last thing you would agree with is that it makes things simpler, but it does make things easier if you do like mathematics.)
Anyone who has suffered from bureaucracy will probably agree that rules are not always logical. The same problem exists with mathematics.
Let us say that we have 7 Leopards and 10 camels. Now torque is measured in pounds feet and is obtained (mathematically) by multiplying pounds and feet. We should be able to multiply leopards and camels to arrive at 70 cameleopards. (yes there is such a thing, its also called a giraffe).
Obviously we know from common sense and reasoning that this is a silly idea.
We can however multiply leopards and camels to arrive at 70 animals, but this is no more logical. This is because you cannot multiply real objects by real objects.
You can add camels and leopards to get a total of animals.
A lot more to come on this but not yet.
Author; Brian Williams
10 responses to “Understanding Mathematics”

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Regards
Brian 
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I will have to check on this, I have never used RSS links myself. My setting for RSS links is for full text, maybe you have a setting on your computer that limits you to a certain number of lines.
Regards
Brian 
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Brian 
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Brian 
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Hi, I’ve been using mathematics all my life in my job as an engineer. The physicists have been unable to fault my mathematics and their only comeback has been to say “How can Einstein be wrong?” They will not discuss the actual mathematics because they know that I am right. I honestly feel that I should be able to withstand the mathematical onslaught of a penis enlargement salesman. Have you actually read my post? There are no video’s on it. I suggest that you buy my book and learn more about understanding mathematics.
Brian
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