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Volume 54, Issue 2, 2006

Michał Tempczyk
Pages 255-265

Is God a Mathematician?

Scientists, when they want to understand properties of complex systems, they divide them into simple parts and – knowing the parts and their relations – reconstruct the whole. This approach is effective in the case of simple systems: atomic nuclei, atoms, chemical compounds, stars and so on. In biology it is supplemented by the theory of evolution. However the situation is hopeless when one wants to explain the astonishing properties of the Universe generally known as Anthropic Principle. Discussing that problem, philosophers use the metaphor of God as a Mathematician. The aim of the paper is to prove the inadequacy of this metaphor.

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