The Applicability of Mathematics in Science: Indispensability and Ontology: Indispensability and Ontology by S. BanguThe Applicability of Mathematics in Science: Indispensability and Ontology: Indispensability and Ontology by S. Bangu

The Applicability of Mathematics in Science: Indispensability and Ontology: Indispensability and…

byS. Bangu

Hardcover | September 24, 2012

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Do electrons and genes exist?

If inclined to answer 'yes', let's ask a harder question: do numbers exist?

This book argues that the answer should be, again, affirmative. It elaborates a philosophical position according to which all, and only, entities truly indispensable to the formulation of modern scientific theories should be recognized as existent, regardless of how we might be initially tempted to categorize them – as concrete-physical or abstract-mathematical. In addition to explicating the subtleties of the positive reasons supporting this form of realism, the book clarifies and rebuts a variety of objections raised against this position.
SORIN BANGU is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, University of Bergen, Norway. His main interests and publications are in philosophy of science and mathematics, and the history of analytic philosophy (especially Wittgenstein and Quine).
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Title:The Applicability of Mathematics in Science: Indispensability and Ontology: Indispensability and…Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0 inPublished:September 24, 2012Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230285201

ISBN - 13:9780230285200

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Mathematical Symmetries and their Predictive Role
Mathematical Idealization
The Explanatory Role of Mathematics and the 'Enhanced' Indispensability Argument
Criticisms of the Explanationist Strategy
Unreasonable Effectiveness: Mathematics, Scientific Representation and Naturalism
Unreasonable Effectiveness and Heuristics
Conclusion
References
Index