The reasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences

@article{Harvey2011TheRE,
title={The reasonable effectiveness of mathematics in the natural sciences},
author={A. Harvey},
journal={General Relativity and Gravitation},
year={2011},
volume={43},
pages={3657-3664}
}

Mathematics and its relation to the physical universe have been the topic of speculation since the days of Pythagoras. Several different views of the nature of mathematics have been considered: Realism—mathematics exists and is discovered; Logicism—all mathematics may be deduced through pure logic; Formalism—mathematics is just the manipulation of formulas and rules invented for the purpose; Intuitionism—mathematics comprises mental constructs governed by self evident rules. The debate among… Expand