#### Write4U

**Valued Senior Member**

The universe doesn't operate on mathematical laws. It operates on physical laws. Mathematical laws only describe the physical laws. You can formulate a mathematical law to describe any old nonsense.

Actually no , you cannot formulate or use mathematical laws to describe any old nonsense. 2 + 2 does not equal 5.

First, mathematical laws exist in the abstract. They are the timeless properties (potentials) of the universe and exist with or witout the presence of physical objects. In fact they are the "causality" of specific physical actions, such as the formation and shape of physical objects.

Physical laws can only work if they are mathematically "permitted". The potential of E = Mc^2 exists in all physical things, but only under very speific conditions, which allow this potential to become manifest.

We don't see all physical things fly apart do we. Other mathematical physical properties do not permit the spontaneous explosion of all matter into pure energy.

Our invention of symbolic representations of mathematics describe the language of ordered causality, not the language of physical things. It may well be the greatest accomplishment of the human mind, understanding how things work.

If you have not yet seen the video presentation of Max Tegmark's "Decoding the Universe: The Great Math Mystery - NEW 2015 Documentary", I'll repost the link for your convenience,

In addition, below is an additional link to Max Tegmark's work, in which he has describes the "a priori" necessity of mathematics before any physical action can take place.

http://space.mit.edu/home/tegmark/mathematical.html

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