Since everyone here is smarter than me, I was hoping that someone could help me figure this out.
to me, math is nothing more that a language that describes events and how the events may influence other events.
Is math nothing more than a way to describe a change "in" or a function "of"?
if "this" equals "this" and "that" equals "that" when "this" changes, then "this" must be a function of "that".
The relationship between mass and energy has always been there since the beginning of the universe, it wasn't until Einstein figured out how the correlation works and described it in symbols that we really understood the relationship.
In nature, there is no actual calculation of anything. but anything in nature can be described in a mathematical formula to show how the event works in real time. Like a river winding its way down to a sea. The River is following the path of least resistance which can be calculated.
so while maybe things in nature are do not actually calculate, Humans have derived a language to show how nature works. It seems to me that the only way we can describe nature in the form of a given mathematical set would be if nature followed certain basic laws that can be realized and described through a precise "language" that can be universally understood.
so mathematics is nothing more than a human construct to describe what we think we see in the world.