FOM: good news: serious physicists believe that intuitionistic logic is important for physics
vladik at cs.utep.edu
Fri Oct 5 10:02:39 EDT 2001
For those who like intuitionistic logic and related research, you may want to
read a new popular book by Lee Smolin, one of the world leading specialists in
quantum gravity (i.e., quantization of space-time), called "Three rodas to
He strongly believes that this logic - and a more general topos approach - are
of great physical importance to quantum gravity.
Not only he believes in it, he cites papers by himself and other physicists
where these logical ideas have been transformed into working physical theories.
He also emphasizes that the success in physics will eventually lead to a
successful application of these logics to human decision making, economics etc.
(Usually, when an idea is used in physics, it is researched over and over
again, and as a result, in many cases, social sciences have advanced when they
adapted well-developed formalisms from physics).
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