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    Hello,
    I've heard many scientists such as Neil degrasse Tyson state that maths was the "language of the universe." I'm wondering, what does he mean by that? Does he mean that the universe is predictable and consistent (like maths) or is there another interpretation?
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    You could say everyone understands it unlike not being able to speak different languages.
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    (Original post by ThrashMetal)
    You could say everyone understands it unlike not being able to speak different languages.
    Everyone understands maths? That's news to me...

    This is probably because of a lot of discussion surrounding whether maths is discovered or man-made, because there are quite a lot of 'models' which fit near enough exactly to things that naturally occur which can be represented by simple mathematical equations etc.
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    Perhaps it means that we can only truly understand/learn from the universe through the use of mathematics. That's why it is so often used in science, especially physics.
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    Well, we can only understand the universe using applications of mathematics, specifically physics and computer science.

    I think he might also be referring to the theory of everything:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_of_everything
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    If an alien came to Earth right now, never visiting it before, they wouldn't understand English, or any other foreign language. Body language is likely to be completely different, so we may not be able to communicate through that either.

    Music is sometimes said to be the 'universal language', but can we be sure these aliens will respond to it the same way that humans do?

    Show them a simple addition sum though, and they'll know exactly what you mean. Maths exists and is the same everywhere in the universe. When people solve maths problems or come up with new maths ideas, you may think that they are inventing or creating something new. Instead they are just discovering what already exists. Any civilisation, no matter what race (or galaxy) etc will always discover the same maths principles.
 
 
 
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