Foundations of Science

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 39–52

Essential Tension: Mathematics - Physics - Philosophy

  • Michael Heller

DOI: 10.1023/A:1009662824483

Cite this article as:
Heller, M. Foundations of Science (1997) 2: 39. doi:10.1023/A:1009662824483


The author focuses on the tension "realism - idealism" in the philosophy of mathematics, but he does that from the perspective of a theoretical physicist. It is not only that one's standpoint in the philosophy of mathematics determines our understanding of the effectiveness of mathematics in physics, but also the fact that mathematics is so effective in physical sciences tells us something about the nature of mathematics.

Ontology Physical theory Duhem-Quine thesis 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Heller
    • 1
  1. 1.Vatican ObservatoryVatican City State

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