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Even physicists avoid mathematics: Study

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 Nov 2016 12:00 AM GMT

London, Nov 12: Physicists avoid highly mathematical work despite being trained in advanced mathematics, a new study suggests. The study shows that physicists pay less attention to theories that are crammed with mathematical details. The researchers found using statistical alysis of the number of citations to 2,000 articles in a leading physics jourl, that articles are less likely to be referenced by other physicists if they have lots of mathematical equations on each page. “We have already showed that biologists are put off by equations but we were surprised by these findings, as physicists are generally skilled in mathematics,” said Tim Fawcett, researcher at the University of Exeter, Britain. According to the researchers, it is an important issue because it shows that there could be a disconnection between mathematical theory and experimental work which presents a potentially enormous barrier to all kinds of scientific progress. The findings suggested improving the training of science graduates would not help, because physics students already receive extensive maths training before they graduate. Instead, they think the solution lies in clearer communication of highly technical work, such as taking the time to describe what the equations mean. (IANS)

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