Reflections on philosophy, mathematics and science.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Applied Group Theory
Soul Physics draws attention to a recent, apparently successful, application of group theory. The goal is to model the spine and spinal injuries. While the case is introduced as one that is "unreasonable effective", I am not sure how surprising this sort of application really is. Spatial rotations, after all, are what groups are good at modelling. Maybe a review of the details of the case will reveal what is unexpected.