The Miracle of Applied Mathematics

@article{Colyvan2004TheMO,
  title={The Miracle of Applied Mathematics},
  author={M. Colyvan},
  journal={Synthese},
  year={2004},
  volume={127},
  pages={265-278}
}
  • M. Colyvan
  • Published 2004
  • Philosophy, Computer Science
  • Synthese
Mathematics has a great variety ofapplications in the physical sciences.This simple, undeniable fact, however,gives rise to an interestingphilosophical problem:why should physical scientistsfind that they are unable to evenstate their theories without theresources of abstract mathematicaltheories? Moreover, theformulation of physical theories inthe language of mathematicsoften leads to new physical predictionswhich were quite unexpected onpurely physical grounds. It is thought by somethat the… Expand
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