The title says it. I don’t understand how numbers on a whiteboard put through ridiculously complicated convolutions can be used to prove a physical concept. It just doesn’t make sense to me, as mathematics are a human construct and thus subject to the limits of existing as an abstract concept. Even basic arithmetic doesn’t make much sense in relation to real objects. “2” for example also often means “twice as much” except that it doesn’t unless the objects are exact physical clones of each other. So to my mind, using “2” to represent quantities of anything beyond dollars,(also an abstract concept), just doesn’t seem right. Further, how does making the numbers work out justify the probability of an untested physical concept?l

Since Math is used to do so much theoretical research i’d really like to understand it better, but my dyscalculia along with a bitter distaste for maths has prevented me from gaining a better understanding of these fields. I want to fight my ignorance here! Can anyone walk me through this stuff gently?

Symptoms I exhibit if it’s relevant to your explanations:

* Difficulty with times-tables, mental arithmetic, etc.

* May do fairly well in subjects such as science and geometry, which require logic rather than formulae, until a higher level requiring calculations is obtained.

* Problems differentiating between left and right.

- An inability to read a sequence of numbers, or transposing them when repeated such turning 56 into 65.
- Difficulty with games such as poker with more flexible rules for scoring.
- The condition may lead in extreme cases to a phobia of mathematics and mathematical devices.