Opinion article* published in The Huffington Post written by Laureate Professor Jon Borwein, from the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, at the University of Newcastle and David H. Bailey, Senior Scientist, University of California.
E.O. Wilson is truly one of the great scientists of our time. In addition to his very extensive portfolio of important and painstaking academic publications, he has won two Pulitzer prizes for general nonfiction. Wilson has fearlessly ventured into arenas such as sociobiology (applications of evolutionary biology to social behavior) and the boundary between religion and science, areas where others often fear to tread.
But Wilson is deeply mistaken when he claims that great scientific discoveries emerge from ideas without needing much training in mathematics.
* Opinion pieces represent the author’s views.