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Why Mathematics Works, part 2 - James Nickel

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Published on Apr 25, 2012

RMCF members enjoyed a unique experience at the
July 8, 2011 meeting, where James Nickel of Wenatchee, WA
spoke on his specialty, mathematics and creation. James
Nickel is a mathematics teacher at the Potter's School,
which partners with families to provide a wide range of
training and resources for family discipleship and home
education. His book, "Mathematics: Is God Silent" is
available at his website, http//biblicalchristianworldview.net

James spoke about a Grand Mystery of science, which
is a conundrum to many mathematicians and
philosophers: the fact that the physical world can be
comprehended. A. Einstein wrote: "The eternal mystery
of the world is its comprehensibility."—there appears to
be no reason to justify its comprehension. Mathematics
is a key player in this whole situation. Mathematician
Richard Courant said, "That mathematics, an emanation
of the human mind, should serve so effectively for the
description and understanding of the physical world is a
challenging fact," a mystery of mysteries. Naturalists
admit they have no clue as to the reason why the
universe is intelligible; it is not at all "natural" that laws
of nature exist, much less that man is able to discern
them. Amazingly, many aspects of empirical reality
seem to fit themselves into established mathematical
forms, as if through a kind of pre-adaptation. Many scientists say there is no rational explanation for
the enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural
sciences. In a naturalist context, that is true: Given only
TIME plus MATTER and RANDOM processes, nothing
should be comprehensible! There should, therefore, be
no coherence between thought and the physical world,
given this premise of naturalism. But, since this
coherence does exist, naturalists must embrace blind
faith. John Polkinghorne, theoretical physicist says,
"Science does not explain the mathematical
intelligibility of the physical world because it is a part of
scientists' founding faith that it is so!"

So, is there justification for why the universe is "user
friendly," and is there a reason why mathematics works
so effectively in the application and discovery of
science? The answer lies in the CREATION. The
universe points beyond itself to an intelligent source that
is non-physical. The universe does not generate
rationality; it only reveals it! Therefore, there must be a
transcendent source for this rationality. Nickel asserts that the physical world has been ordered
in such a way as to be accessible by mathematic

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