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Even more feedback from yet another reader! John Chesbrough (science teacher at Sedro-Woolley High School, WA) cared enough to react to my sharing of Thomas Bradwardine's quotation on 3/26/2006.

In response, John writes: In reference to your quote about the superiority of mathematics... The only problem with using Bradwardine to back up Math is superior to Physics is that the quote was written before the era of Newton, back in the days when Aristotle's notions of the universe prevailed. At that time the "Physics reason" behind a falling object was due to the "natural tendency of objects of like materials to converge." A stone being "of the Earth" naturally tries to get closer to the rest of the Earth. Perhaps 800 years ago say Bradwardine was right on. But today?? Newton (+Galileo etc.) was the wiser and showed the natural coupling of Physics and Mathematics. Which discipline is the superior? Hmmm - who was the 20th centuries Person of the Year? Great website, thanks for putting together lots of places for me to feed my impractical nature...

Thank you John...keep those reflections coming!