Demystifying the Applicability of Mathematics

My paper Demystifying the Applicability of Mathematics, which earned me 4th place in the 2015 FQXi Essay Contest, has appeared in the volume Trick or Truth? The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics containing the prize-winning essays of the contest.

Title:
Demystifying the Applicability of Mathematics
Authors:
Nicolas Fillion
Volume:
Trick or Truth? The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics, Aguirre, Anthony, Foster, Brendan, Merali, Zeeya (Eds.), Springer, 2016.

Additional information

Abstract:Essential tensions remain in our understanding of the reasons underlying the striking success achieved in science by applying mathematics. Wigner and many likeminded scientists and philosophers conclude that this success is a miracle, a "wonderful gift which we neither deserve nor understand." This essay seeks to dissipate that aura of mystery and bring the factors underlying the success of applied mathematics into the fold of scientific rationality.

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Cite as (APA format):
Fillion, N. (2016). Demystifying the Applicability of Mathematics, in: Trick or Truth? The Mysterious Connection Between Physics and Mathematics, A. Aguirre et al. (eds.), Springer, pp. 153-144.

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