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On the Specialness of Special Functions (The Nonrandom Effusions of the Divine Mathematician)

Batterman, Robert (2006) On the Specialness of Special Functions (The Nonrandom Effusions of the Divine Mathematician). [Preprint]

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This paper attempts to address the problem of the applicability of mathematics in physics by considering the (narrower) question of what make the so-called special functions of mathematical physics special. It surveys a number of answers to this question and argues that neither simple pragmatic answers, nor purely mathematical classificatory schemes are sufficient. What is required is some connection between the world and the way investigators are forced to represent the world.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Batterman, Robert
Keywords: Mathematics, Special Functions, Idealization, Physics
Subjects: General Issues > Models and Idealization
Specific Sciences > Mathematics
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Robert Batterman
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:13
Item ID: 2629
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2629

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