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Document Type: | Book |
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All Authors / Contributors: |
Otávio Bueno; Steven French |

ISBN: | 0198815042 9780198815044 |

OCLC Number: | 1013944141 |

Description: | xvi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm |

Contents: | Just how unreasonable is the effectiveness of mathematics? -- Approaching models: formal and informal -- Scientific representation and the application of mathematics -- Applying new mathematics: group theory and quantum mechanics -- Representing physical phenomena: top-down and bottom-up -- Unifying with mathematics: logic, probability, and quantum states -- Applying problematic mathematics, interpreting successful structures: from the Delta function to the positron -- Explaining with mathematics? from Cicadas to symmetry -- Explaining with mathematics? idealization, universality, and the criteria for explanation -- Conclusion: between lazy optimism and unbridled opportunism. |

Responsibility: | Otávio Bueno and Steven French. |

### Abstract:

How is that when scientists need some piece of mathematics through which to frame their theory, it is there to hand? Bueno and French offer a new approach to the puzzle of the applicability of mathematics, through a detailed examination of a series of case studies from the history of twentieth-century physics.
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