Are there Genuine Mathematical Explanations of Physical Phenomena

@article{Baker2005AreTG,
  title={Are there Genuine Mathematical Explanations of Physical Phenomena},
  author={A. Baker},
  journal={Mind},
  year={2005},
  volume={114},
  pages={223-238}
}
Many explanations in science make use of mathematics. But are there cases where the mathematical component of a scientific explanation is explanatory in its own right? This issue of mathematical explanations in science has been for the most part neglected. I argue that there are genuine mathematical explanations in science, and present in some detail an example of such an explanation, taken from evolutionary biology, involving periodical cicadas. I also indicate how the answer to my title… Expand
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