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Freeman Dyson on "Birds and Frogs"

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 23, 2009

Freeman_Dyson.jpgRecommended reading: Physicist Freeman Dyson’s brilliant essay (PDF) in Notices of the American Mathematical Society classifies mathematicians and physicists as either “birds”—high-level theorists and synthesizers—or “frogs”—empiricists and problem-solvers and shows how the two approaches have contributed to the progress of science. You can skim over the bits where the discussion of math or physics gets a bit sticky; the analysis is well worth the effort.

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