From St. John's College tutor Matthew Linck's recent piece on the position of mathematics and science among the liberal arts:
"The study of mathematical physics is inherently interesting in a number of ways: for its conceptual foundations; for the phenomena it both attends to and brings to light; for the rather mysterious fact that *physical* phenomena can be captured in mathematical expressions; for the insights it offers into the workings of powerful minds; and for the discernment it engenders concerning the power and the limits of modern natural science." [...]

"Taking up science as part of a liberal education means taking it up as something worth doing as its own end. We donâ€™t need to ask what such study is good for. We only need to see that doing it is good."