From Scientific Representation: Paradoxes of Perspective by Bas C Van Fraassen.

p. 40 'Of course the story is apocryphal, that a professional gambler funded a mathematician to analyze horse-racing, and was thoroughly unhappy with the report that began "Let each horse be a perfect sphere, rolling along a Euclidean straight line ...". But is that so far from real examples of mathematical modeling?'


Evgenii

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