According to this quotations page, Einstein wrote in Geometry and Experience in 1921:
As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
The quote appears in this lecture on Geometry and Experience he gave in 1922.
It’s been a while that I discovered how metrology is the missing link that Einstein was looking for. But not with its uncertainties and probabilities due to the current mathematics implemented to quantify physical, chemical and other measuring units, as I am introducing pixel accuracy.
- Current mathematics is based on ‘paper thinking’, i.e. static writing.
- My qualitative metrology stems from ‘software aided thinking’, i.e. dynamic coding.
3D metrology is based on new mathematical spaces and transformations that have to be expressed through code.
Software is more able to match the 2D world of paper and screens to the 3D world we’re experiencing. Einstein would be jealous of all the computers I have been using since 1964, I think. But my boss, the computer manager at CERN had actually a hard time convincing physicists of the benefits of computing, as he told as at our reunion of ‘underdogs’: computer operators and me as the only woman from ‘users support’ and the ‘programming enquiry office’.
This thinking is part of Pythagoras’ Trousers: God, Physics and the Gender Wars with
- an excellently critical review by Jenny Turner in The Independent
- a most appreciative review by Tracy Rysavy for Yes! Magazine
- more short comments on Good Reads.
In my view, it’s interesting to note that the 2,000 years of patriarchy as ‘dark ages’ included science, religion and philosophies to be defined by men for people, as if there was no difference between men and women. I know of two women who describe the ‘growing up’ or ‘becoming conscious’ differently:
Men need to learn to connect their head with their heart, i.e. learn to FEEL. Women need to learn to connect their heart with their minds, i.e. learn to THINK.
The writing and use of software teaches us how to think logically more than any human teacher could. But it seems as if people prefer to believe rather than to know. That’s why mainstream media have been so successful at brainwashing us about ‘economics as a pseudo-science’ and why creative spirits like Hans Rosling are fighting ignorance with his Gapminder Foundation!
- Einstein’s Big Idea (hunt4truth.wordpress.com)
- The Nobel Prize in Physics Is Really a Nobel Prize in Math (theatlantic.com)
- Mysterious Mathematics (ellengau.wordpress.com)
- Are all models wrong? (egtheory.wordpress.com)
- Computer scientists ‘prove’ God exists (whas11.com)
- A Creativity Lesson from Albert Einstein (artistsroad.wordpress.com)
- On second thoughts, you are right and I am wrong: Einstein admits a mistake (thetimes.co.uk)
- Math is Not a Mirror of Nature (bigthink.com)
- A Quotation About Imagination From Albert Einstein (writewireless.wordpress.com)
- See The Beauty Of Math, Even If You Don’t Understand Math (fastcodesign.com)