4th place in the 2015 FQXi Essay Contest

I am pleased to announce that I have finished 4th in the international 2015 Essay Contest of the Foundational Questions Institute, on the following topic: Trick or Truth: the Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics.

There was more than 200 participants from more than 40 countries, from disciplines such as mathematics, physics, philosophy, computer science, and more.

My paper, entitled Demystifying the Applicability of Mathematics has been published in the volume collection of the prize-winning essays. It's a short 9-page non-technical essay which will give you a good idea of the kind of philosophy and mathematics that I am the most interested in.

Abstract: Essential tensions remain in our understanding of the reasons underlying the striking success achieved in science by applying mathematics. Wigner and many likeminded scientists and philosophers conclude that this success is a miracle, a “wonderful gift which we neither deserve nor understand.” This essay seeks to dissipate that aura of mystery and bring the factors underlying the success of applied mathematics into the fold of scientific rationality.