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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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    Abstract

    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
    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 11:13
    Item ID: 2629
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2629

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