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Single Idea 18207

[catalogued under 6. Mathematics / C. Sources of Mathematics / 4. Mathematical Empiricism / b. Indispensability of mathematics]

Full Idea

It could turn out that all applications of continuum mathematics in natural sciences are actually instances of idealisation.


Continuum mathematics uses the real numbers

Gist of Idea

Maybe applications of continuum mathematics are all idealisations


Penelope Maddy (Naturalism in Mathematics [1997], II.6)

Book Reference

Maddy,Penelope: 'Naturalism in Mathematics' [OUP 2000], p.152

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