Starry Reckoning: Reference And Analysis In Mathematics And Cosmology by Emily Rolfe GrosholzStarry Reckoning: Reference And Analysis In Mathematics And Cosmology by Emily Rolfe Grosholz

Starry Reckoning: Reference And Analysis In Mathematics And Cosmology

byEmily Rolfe Grosholz

Hardcover | December 15, 2016

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This book deals with a topic that has been largely neglected by philosophers of science to date: the ability to refer and analyze in tandem. On the basis of a set of philosophical case studies involving both problems in number theory and issues concerning time and cosmology from the era of Galileo, Newton and Leibniz up through the present day, the author argues that scientific knowledge is a combination of accurate reference and analytical interpretation. In order to think well, we must be able to refer successfully, so that we can show publicly and clearly what we are talking about. And we must be able to analyze well, that is, to discover productive and explanatory conditions of intelligibility for the things we are thinking about. The book's central claim is that the kinds of representations that make successful reference possible and those that make successful analysis possible are not the same, so that significant scientific and mathematical work typically proceeds by means of a heterogeneous discourse that juxtaposes and often superimposes a variety of kinds of representation, including formal and natural languages as well as more iconic modes. It demonstrates the virtues and necessity of heterogeneity in historically central reasoning, thus filling an important gap in the literature and fostering a new, timely discussion on the epistemology of science and mathematics.

Title:Starry Reckoning: Reference And Analysis In Mathematics And CosmologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:187 pagesPublished:December 15, 2016Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3319466895

ISBN - 13:9783319466897

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Table of Contents

Reference and Analysis.- Philosophy of Mathematics and Philosophy of History.- Rethinking Ampliative Reasoning.- Algebraic Number Theory and the Complex Plane: A Case Study to Contest the Nagelian    Model of Theory Reduction in Mathematics.- Fermat's Last Theorem and the Logicians.- The Representation of Time in the Seventeenth Century.- The Representation of Time from 1700 to the Present.- Combining Analytic and Referential Modes of Representation in the Study of Astronomical Systems.

Editorial Reviews

"The book is enjoyable to read. The broad spectrum of topics and the detail in which they are discussed provide the reader with some interesting insights. In particular, the idea that mathematical analysis not only solves problems, but in the most interesting cases, explains why important problems show up in the first place is well argued and well presented." (Sébastien Gandon, Philosophia Mathematica, September, 2017)