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    What category of science is math?

    Wait. Does numerical analysis belong in the natural science forum?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underseer View Post
    Wait. Does numerical analysis belong in the natural science forum?
    Why wouldn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underseer View Post
    Wait. Does numerical analysis belong in the natural science forum?
    Hence my request for a math subforum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    Why wouldn't it?
    Because unlike science, math is not evidence-based?

    OK, you could make the argument that math is ultimately evidence-based because it ultimately comes from counting, which in turn is a consequence of our existence in a universe made up of discrete objects and the need of early languages to describe quantity with greater and greater precision as a result of interacting with the real world, but is that really enough to classify math as a science?

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    Mathematics is not an empirical science. It is pure deduction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    Mathematics is not an empirical science. It is pure deduction.
    We already have a forum for pure deduction.

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    Above posts split to a seperate discussion from here

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    Quote Originally Posted by Underseer View Post
    Wait. Does numerical analysis belong in the natural science forum?
    A good a place as any on the site.

    It seems like in general speech it is 'math and science'. Math is not exclusive to f0rmal science.

    Numerical methods and analysis comes under Applied Mathematics.

    Do you have a topic?

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    I think we had this debate on the old forum.

    Math is ultimately validated by real world application.

    Applied Math-Numerical Methods

    Curve fitting
    Interpolation
    Solving systems of equations
    Solving differential equations

    I Started with this book in the 80s. Learning numerical methiods was why I goy my first computer.

    If you want to start to dig deeper then generalities it is well worth the used $6.



    http://www.amazon.ca/Applied-Numeric.../dp/0130414182
    Last edited by steve_bnk; 04-11-2014 at 06:57 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bnk View Post
    Math is ultimately validated by real world application.
    How is it validated? The usefulness of math is different from its validity.

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