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Author Steiner, Mark.

Title The applicability of mathematics as a philosophical problem / Mark Steiner.

Published Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.


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Physical description viii, 215 p. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. [203]-209) and index.
Contents 1. The Semantic Applicability of Mathematics: Frege's Achievements -- 2. The Descriptive Applicability of Mathematics -- 3. Mathematics, Analogies, and Discovery in Physics -- 4. Pythagorean Analogies in Physics -- 5. Formalisms and Formalist Reasoning in Quantum Mechanics -- 6. Formalist Reasoning: The Mystery of Quantization -- App. A. A "Nonphysical" Derivation of Quantum Mechanics -- App. B. Nucleon-Pion Scattering -- App. C. Nonrelativistic Schroedinger Equation with Spin.
Summary This book analyzes the different ways mathematics is applicable in the physical sciences, and presents a startling thesis - the success of mathematical physics appears to assign the human mind a special place in the cosmos.
Subject Mathematical physics.
Mathematics -- Philosophy.
ISBN 067404097X (alk. paper)