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Seemingly esoteric notions of thegeometric Langlands program, arise naturally from the physics

yet more evidence that numerical relationships are physical constants

That numbers are physical constants should come as no surprise, for the reasons outlined in this chapter of Trick or Treat, The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics published by Springer in 2016, titled ‘Cognitive Science and the Connection Between Physics and Mathematics‘.


“The human mind is endowed with innate primordial perceptions such as space, distance, motion, change, flow of time, matter. The field of cognitive science argues that the abstract concepts of mathematics are not Platonic, but are built in the brain from these primordial perceptions, using what are known as conceptual metaphors. Known cognitive mechanisms give rise to the extremely precise and logical language of mathematics. Thus all of the vastness of mathematics, with its beautiful theorems, is human mathematics. It resides in the mind, and is not ‘out there’. Physics is an experimental science in which results of experiments are described in terms of concrete concepts—these concepts are also built from our primordial perceptions. The goal of theoretical physics is to describe the experimentally observed regularity of the physical world in an unambiguous, precise and logical manner. To do so, the brain resorts to the well-defined abstract concepts which the mind has metaphored from our primordial perceptions. Since both the concrete and the abstract are derived from the primordial, the connection between physics and mathematics is not mysterious, but natural. This connection is established in the human brain, where a small subset of the vast human mathematics is cognitively fitted to describe the regularity of the universe. Theoretical physics should be thought of as a branch of mathematics, whose axioms are motivated by observations of the physical world. We use the example of quantum theory to demonstrate the all too human nature of the physics-mathematics connection: it is at times frail, and imperfect. Our resistance to take this imperfection sufficiently seriously (since no known experiment violates quantum theory) shows the fundamental importance of experiments in physics. This is unlike in mathematics, the goal there being to search for logical and elegant relations amongst abstract concepts which the mind creates”.

more evidence of the significance of the connections between math and physics

more evidence that mathematical principles are natural laws

nothing can be created or destroyed, which makes 1a+1a=2a an entirely natural law



From a review of Converging Realities: Toward a Common Philosophy of Physics and Mathematics (Robert Omnes, 2005).

“Now, advances in the understanding of physics suggest that the foundations of mathematics are encompassed by the laws of nature, an idea that sheds new light on both mathematics and physics…”

This theory of everything, here, explains how human maths derives from physical laws, which are based on the natural – and inescapably inevitable – mathematicality of nature.

Whether it takes the form of a universe or multiverse, there’s a single sum total of ‘everything which exists’, a single ‘Existence’.

Existence = 1

We’ll never know what Existence ‘is’ or what it is ‘made of’, we can only be certain of its quantity. It is the ultimate known *and* unknown.

We don’t know what it’s made of, we only know how many of it there is.

X = 1

But we also know everything which exists is part of Existence: it has been divided, internally, into its constituent parts, over time.

So if X = 1, and everything else is a result of X being divided into smaller and smaller constituent parts over time, which can only occur according to natural laws of combination. The entirety of things which exist, must ‘add up’ to the single Existence they are parts of.

This is where human concepts of number and mathematics intersect with natural laws.



archive of research documenting the connections between number theory and physics, showing that the connections are




things don’t exist in various quantities because we invented counting systems


we invented counting systems because things exist in various quantities