The enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious.
Eugene Paul "E. P." Wigner was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist who also contributed to mathematical physics. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 for his contributions to the theory of the atomic nucleus and the elementary particles, particularly through the discovery and application of fundamental symmetry principles.
May 11, 1959
The Richard Courant lecture in mathematical sciences delivered at New York University by physicist Eugene Wigner, in which he observes that a physical theory’s mathematical structure often points the way to further advances in that theory and even to empirical predictions.