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Mathematics and Scientific Representation

Christopher Pincock


Mathematics plays a central role in much of contemporary science, but philosophers have struggled to understand what this role is or how significant it might be for mathematics and science. In this book Pincock tackles this perennial question in a new way by asking how mathematics contributes to the success of our best scientific representations. In the first part of the book this question is posed and sharpened using a proposal for how we can determine the content of a scientific representation. Several different sorts of contributions from mathematics are then articulated. Pincock argues tha ... More

Keywords: applications of mathematics, indispensability argument, mathematical explanation, scale, scientific realism, fictionalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199757107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Pincock, author
University of Missouri