MATHEMATICAL EXPLANATION AND INDISPENSABILITY ARGUMENTS

@article{Daly2009MATHEMATICALEA,
  title={MATHEMATICAL EXPLANATION AND INDISPENSABILITY ARGUMENTS},
  author={Chris John Daly and Simon Langford},
  journal={The Philosophical Quarterly},
  year={2009},
  volume={59},
  pages={641-658}
}
We defend Joseph Melia's thesis that the role of mathematics in scientific theory is to ‘index’ quantities, and that even if mathematics is indispensable to scientific explanations of concrete phenomena, it does not explain any of those phenomena. This thesis is defended against objections by Mark Colyvan and Alan Baker. 
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