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On ‘The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences’

  • Sorin BanguEmail author
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Part of the Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics book series (SAPERE, volume 25)

Abstract

I present a reconstruction of Eugene Wigner’s argument for the claim that mathematics is ‘unreasonable effective’, together with six objections to its soundness. I show that these objections are weaker than usually thought, and I sketch a new objection.

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Physical Space Physical Theory Mathematical Concept Euclidean Geometry Modern Mathematic 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

Thanks are due to the stimulating audience of the Models and Inferences in Science conference, in particular to the editors of this volume, Emiliano Ippoliti, Fabio Sterpetti, and Thomas Nickles. The responsibility for the final form of the text is entirely mine.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BergenBergenNorway

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