I know developments in physics and mathematics often nourish each other, and at different points in history, physics and math have taken turns leading each other. An example of a physicist "inventing" the required mathematics is Newton and his calculus. At other times, the mathematics have been discovered as a curiosity, and the physicists come along to show where it is used in nature.

My question is: In the current state of affairs, in which fields does the physics lead mathematics?


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    $\begingroup$ Make-a-list, no? $\endgroup$ – dmckee Dec 1 '12 at 3:16
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    $\begingroup$ In my defense, it would sure be an interesting list. :) (Actually, I didn't realize it was a long list) $\endgroup$ – Joebevo Dec 1 '12 at 3:22
  • $\begingroup$ The opposite question: physics.stackexchange.com/q/4849/2451 $\endgroup$ – Qmechanic Dec 1 '12 at 15:35

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