Tȃrziu, Gabriel (2018) Can we have mathematical understanding of physical phenomena? THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 33 (1). pp. 91109. ISSN 2171679X

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Can mathematics contribute to our understanding of physical phenomena? One way to try to answer this question is by getting involved in the recent philosophical dispute about the existence of mathematical explanations of physical phenomena. If there is such a thing, given the relation between explanation and understanding, we can say that there is an affirmative answer to our question. But what if we do not agree that mathematics can play an explanatory role in science? Can we still consider that the above question can have an affirmative answer? My main aim here is to give an account that takes mathematics, in some of the cases discussed in the literature, as contributing to our understanding of physical phenomena despite not being explanatory.
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Additional Information:  ISSN: 04954548 (print)  
Keywords:  mathematical explanation; unexplanatory understanding; mathematical understanding  
Subjects:  Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Explanation Specific Sciences > Mathematics Specific Sciences > Physics 

Depositing User:  Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es  
Date Deposited:  14 Mar 2018 21:25  
Last Modified:  14 Mar 2018 21:25  
Item ID:  14468  
Journal or Publication Title:  THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science  
Publisher:  Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco  
Official URL:  http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...  
DOI or Unique Handle:  10.1387/theoria.18108  
Subjects:  Specific Sciences > Mathematics > Explanation Specific Sciences > Mathematics Specific Sciences > Physics 

Date:  January 2018  
Page Range:  pp. 91109  
Volume:  33  
Number:  1  
ISSN:  2171679X  
URI:  http://philsciarchive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14468 
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