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Can we have mathematical understanding of physical phenomena?

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. 91-109. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

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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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Tȃrziu, Gabrielgabi_tarziu@yahoo.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (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. 91-109
Volume: 33
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/14468

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