Monday, May 24, 2004

Intuitive models and popular science

I don't bother with scientific theories unless I believe that I can fully grasp the underlying mathematics, and I have the time to explore the theories fully. My lack of faith in fuzzy intuitive models means that quantum physics and relativity will forever be mysteries to me unless I make a serious effort to understand them (frankly I can't be bothered).

On the other hand, I have a friend with less of a mathematical and scientific background than me, who is fascinated by modern science, and is a firm believer in intuitive models, just like author Dr. Brian Greene, interviewed on the Atlantic website.