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In a pursuit whose meaning and purpose is abstract at the best of times, that’s not nothing.
“Our models can validate thousands of unseen candidates in seconds,” the study’s authors wrote in the abstract to their paper, which appears in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
It also makes it more real and concrete, rather than abstract.
The same applies in fields of biology dealing with more abstract concepts of the individual — entities that emerge as distinct patterns within larger schemes of behavior or activity.
The Ising model represents one of the simplest places in this abstract “theory space,” and so serves as a proving ground for developing novel tools for exploring uncharted territory.
Every time, they discovered that the universe’s beauty lies in the abstract structures underlying physical phenomena.
While groups are abstract and often difficult to get a handle on, matrices and linear algebra are elementary.
The team then flashed two abstract shapes sequentially, one on the left and one on the right.
It’s just— it’s hard to say in the abstract what it means to have an impact.
This led to the introduction of higher-level, more abstract math in the high school curriculum.

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