By Johan Hoffman, Claes Johnson, Anders Logg

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It also corresponds to a shift towards a partly probabilistic view instead of the fully deterministic view of classical mechanics, expressed through Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Relation. Kuhn noticed that a scientific revolution could be perceived as “invisible” in the sense that many scientists would not be aware of (or simply deny) an ongoing shift of paradigm, in a (subconscious) reaction to save the old system. So shifts of paradigms in science do occur, and obviously are of crucial importance in the evolution of science.

Newton derived the solution of the 2-body problem in his Principia Mathematica, and thereby confirmed the laws discovered experimentally by Kepler. The success with the 2-body problem rocketed Newton to instant fame, and gave mathematics an enormous boost. It appeared that Man using mathematics could take up a competition with God and now, with no more limits to human understanding of the world, the industrial revolution could get started. The paradigm of our time is largely the same. The fact that neither Newton, nor anybody else, could tackle even the 3-body problem analytically, did not take away the enthusiasm.

2. Christoffer Polhem’s machine for clock gears (1700) and the Spinning Jenny (1764). 3. Ford assembly line (1913). 22 4. What is Mathematics? the differential equations of ballistic firing tables as an important part of the Allied World War II effort. A modern laptop at a cost of $2000 with a processor speed of 2 GHz and internal memory of 512 Mb has the computational power of hundreds of thousands of ENIACs. Automation is based on frequent repetition of a certain algorithm or scheme with new data at each repetition.