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Science and Mathematics

### Dick Teresi

New York Times Book Review

3 February 1991
Physics is considered the primary science because it deals with simple
laws that apply to everything from subatomic particles to human beings to
the entire cosmos. Chemistry is a rung up, because it depends on the laws
of physics. Biology deals with even larger systems, and depends both on
chemistry and physics. And so on.

Mathematics is at the heart of the sciences. All of them require
mathematical formulas to express their various truths. As the saying goes,
the physicists defer only to the mathematicians, and the mathematicians
defer only to God. (Though one would be hard pressed to find a
mathematician so modest.)

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