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A new role for mathematics in empirical sciences

Kasirzadeh, Atoosa


Mathematics is often taken to play one of two roles in the empirical sciences: either it represents empirical phenomena or it explains these phenomena by imposing constraints on them. This article identifies a third and distinct role that has not been fully appreciated in the literature on applicability of mathematics and may be pervasive in scientific practice. I call this the “bridging” role of mathematics, according to which mathematics acts as a connecting scheme in our explanatory...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Philosophy of Science
DOI: 10.1086/713906


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