The Pythagorean World

Why Mathematics Is Unreasonably Effective In Physics
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ISBN-13:
9783319822310
Einband:
Paperback
Erscheinungsdatum:
23.06.2018
Seiten:
404
Autor:
Jane McDonnell
Gewicht:
521 g
Format:
210x148x21 mm
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Provides accessible analysis of the persistence of Pythagorean ideas in theoretical physicsAddresses the development of fundamental mathematics and metaphysical issues in the context of mathematical practice Investigates the philosophical problems that arise from the way mathematics in used and developed in different contexts
1. Chapter 1: Introduction.- 2. Chapter 2: The Applicability of Mathematics.- 3. Chapter 3: The Role of Mathematics in Fundamental Physics.- 4. Chapter 4: One True Mathematics.- 5. Chapter 5: What Mathematics Is About.- 6. Chapter 6: Actuality from Potentiality.- 7. Chapter 7: Conclusion.
This book explores precisely how mathematics allows us to model and predict the behaviour of physical systems, to an amazing degree of accuracy. One of the oldest explanations for this is that, in some profound way, the structure of the world is mathematical. The ancient Pythagoreans stated that "everything is number". However, while exploring the Pythagorean method, this book chooses to add a second principle of the universe: the mind. This work defends the proposition that mind and mathematical structure are the grounds of reality.

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