Came across, via @natasha_pulley, a remarkably thought-provoking interview with @Glamrou — especially 15:55 into the video where they were discussing “heteronormative Newtonian physics” versus quantum physics.
Unsurprisingly, the analogy has unleashed heated debates, mostly among people who are ‘doing’ quantum physics, below the line. Needless to say, my understanding of quantum physics is limited, but I am surprised that some seem more upset thinking that the interviewee has ‘defiled’ science with metaphorical language. And here I always thought mathematics and physics were born out of philosophy…
Anyway, seeing the Twitter debates reminds me of the following books.
- Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World (Amir Alexander, 2014)
- Where Mathematics Come from (George Lakoff, 2010)
In the meantime, I am also putting one more article up here in order for myself not to get carried away whenever anyone says a metaphor.