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On the tension between physics and mathematics

Miklós, Rédei ORCID: 0000-0001-5298-1443 (2020) On the tension between physics and mathematics. Journal for General Philosophy of Science. ISSN 0925-4560

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10838-019-09496-0

Abstract

Because of the complex interdependence of physics and mathematics their relation is not free of tensions. The paper looks at how the tension has been perceived and articulated by some physicists, mathematicians and mathematical physicists. Some sources of the tension are identified and it is claimed that the tension is both natural and fruitful for both physics and mathematics. An attempt is made to explain why mathematical precision is typically not welcome in physics.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/journal/10838
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QC Physics
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2019 08:48
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2020 07:54
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/102962

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