How Math barged into Science The generation of researchers that began to tackle questions of science more systematically in the second half of the 17th Century (Huygens, Hooke, Newton, Leibniz) inevitably veered in the direction of Mathematics following the tradition of the Greeks and the Arabs, and of more recent ones such as Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. It was taken for granted that equations held the magical clues and secrets to understanding the workings of the Universe. However, Math is a language. Math can only describe. And then only quantitatively. It has no power to explain. We can describe with an equation how fast a pen falls to the floor. We cannot explain with an equation why it doesn't fall to the ceiling. If Physics is about explaining a theory rationally, Mathematics plays no role in Science. We have no alternative but to use everyday language. How Mother Nature does her tricks In Physics, we neither calibrate clocks like a watchmaker nor measure clothing like a tailor. We are not interested how fast a magnet is attracted to another. This is not Science! Science is explaining how a magnet attracts another. As an analogy, imagine going to a show. The magician saws the lady in half. The curtains close. The curtains open. The magician and the lady standing next to him both bow to the crowd. Science is not describing how fast the saw cut up the lady or how many strokes the magician took to do it in (description). Science is about explaining how he did the trick. Similarly, the job of a physicist is to discover how Mother Nature does her invisible tricks: light, magnetism, gravity, atomic behavior, galactic integrity, etc. For this there is only one language and it isn't Mathematics. The language of Physics is ILLUSTRATION. If you cannot make a movie of your theory, it has nothing to do with Physics! Physics first and foremost requires an object. An object is that which has shape. A physicist has no excuse not to draw an object. A theory of Physics is a movie. Each frame in the film must have an image of an object. Only then can the crowd follow the presentation without missing a beat. The skeptic can inspect any frame in the film and ask questions in order to satisfy himself that he understood what the presenter presented. The point of Science is to understand, not to do calculations and fancy Math to describe without comprehending how the phenomenon occurred.
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