Some will tell you that the “man for all seasons” was Sir Thomas More. But, that was the 16th
Century in England. In the 21st
Century in Morrow, Ga., the man for all seasons, or at least a wide variety of disciplines, is Clayton State University Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. Bram Boroson.
In addition to being a physicist, Boroson is also an award-winning journalist, a mathematician and a philosopher. It’s in the last two of those roles that he’ll be speaking at Clayton State on Tuesday Mar. 19 as part of the Occasional Papers series held by the University’s Philosophy faculty and the Department of Humanities.
Boroson will be moving over from the Department of Natural Sciences to philosophy to deliver a talk titled, The “Unreasonable Effectiveness” of Mathematics in Science
, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in room UC 262 of the James M. Baker University Center. Boroson’s presentation is free and open to the public.
“Quantum physicist Eugene Wigner pointed out that mathematics is `unreasonably effective’ in science,” explains Boroson. “Why does math work so well in explaining the universe? It's not just that we've designed math to work well. Often the people who created new mathematics were just exploring interesting ideas without thinking that they could be useful. Only later did those mathematical ideas turn out to describe laws of nature.
“I will explore a radical idea for explaining why math works in describing nature: Max Tegmark's `Mathematical Universe Hypothesis.’"
Although not coming into play in this presentation, it is worth noting that, in 2011, Boroson won a journalism award in the annual Excellence in Journalism contest of the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists for a book review he did on "The Language God Speaks" by Herman Wouk.
“The `language’ in this case was calculus,” he explains.
Thomas More should have been so accomplished.