Reading the great book of nature

The fact that the physical world conforms to mathematical laws led Galileo to make a famous remark.  “The great book of nature,” he wrote, “can be read only by those who know the language in which it was written.  And this language is mathematics.”  The same point was made more bluntly three centuries later by the English astronomer James Jeans: The universe appears to have been designed by a pure mathematician.”

Cosmic Jackpot by Paul Davies

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