Thursday, June 05, 2008

Where Mathematics And Astrophysics Meet

This is a terrific article that, as the article mentioned, illustrates Wigner's proposition of the "unreasonable effectives of mathematics in the natural sciences". It describes an example on where research work in a fundamental theorem of algebra actually has a practical solution for a problem in astrophysics.

In their article "From the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra to Astrophysics: A `Harmonious' Path", which appears in the Notices of the AMS, mathematicians Dmitry Khavinson (University of South Florida) and Genevra Neumann (University of Northern Iowa) describe the mathematical work that surprisingly led them to questions in astrophysics.


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