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On the tension between physics and mathematics

Rédei, Miklós (2019) On the tension between physics and mathematics. [Preprint]

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Because of the complex interdependence of physics and mathematics their relation is not free of tensions. The paper looks at how the tension has been perceived and articulated by some physicists, mathematicians and mathematical physicists. Some sources of the tension are identified and it is claimed that the tension is both natural and fruitful for both physics and mathematics. An attempt is made to explain why mathematical precision is typically not welcome in physics.


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Rédei, MiklósM.Redei@lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: This paper is a slightly expanded version of the plenary talk delivered at the 2019 "Frühjahrstagung" (München, March 17-22, 2019) of the "Deutsche Physikalishe Gesellschaft"(DPG) on the invitation of the "Arbeitsgruppe Philosophie der Physik" of DPG.
Keywords: Physics, mathematics, mathematical physics
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Dr Miklos Redei
Date Deposited: 31 May 2019 14:02
Last Modified: 31 May 2019 14:02
Item ID: 16071
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: 28 May 2019
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/16071

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