I am often struck with the absurdity of certain academic pursuits. For instance, when I encounter natural beauty I usually think how amusing it would be to model the growth of plants. I then realize that it is already rendered perfectly for me right now, and really why would I want anything less? Does mathematical modeling of phenomena actually provide deeper understanding? The only thing I'd say for certain is that a correct mathematical model often affords greater control over the modeled system.


  1. Questioning whether or not we want that degree of control...

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