### Sammanfattning

Originalspråk | engelska |
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Titel på gästpublikation | Mathematics as a Tool : Tracing New Roles of Mathematics in the Sciences |

Redaktörer | Johannes Lenhard, Martin Carrier |

Antal sidor | 20 |

Utgivningsort | Cham |

Förlag | Springer International Publishing |

Utgivningsdatum | 2017 |

Sidor | 37-56 |

ISBN (tryckt) | 978-3-319-54468-7 |

ISBN (elektroniskt) | 978-3-319-54469-4 |

DOI | |

Status | Publicerad - 2017 |

MoE-publikationstyp | A3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok |

### Publikationsserier

Namn | Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science |
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Volym | 327 |

ISSN (tryckt) | 0068-0346 |

### Vetenskapsgrenar

- 111 Matematik
- 611 Filosofi

### Citera det här

*Mathematics as a Tool: Tracing New Roles of Mathematics in the Sciences*(s. 37-56). (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science; Vol. 327). Cham: Springer International Publishing . https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54469-4_3

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*Mathematics as a Tool: Tracing New Roles of Mathematics in the Sciences.*Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, vol. 327, Springer International Publishing , Cham, s. 37-56. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54469-4_3

**Mathematization in Synthetic Biology : Analogies, Templates, and Fictions.** / Knuuttila, Tarja Tellervo; Loettgers, Andrea.

Forskningsoutput: Kapitel i bok/rapport/konferenshandling › Kapitel › Vetenskaplig › Peer review

TY - CHAP

T1 - Mathematization in Synthetic Biology

T2 - Analogies, Templates, and Fictions

AU - Knuuttila, Tarja Tellervo

AU - Loettgers, Andrea

PY - 2017

Y1 - 2017

N2 - In his famous article “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences” Eugen Wigner argues for a unique tie between mathematics and physics, invoking even religious language: “The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve” (Wigner 1960: 1). The possible existence of such a unique match between mathematics and physics has been extensively discussed by philosophers and historians of mathematics (Bangu 2012; Colyvan 2001; Humphreys 2004; Pincock 2012; Putman 1975; Steiner 1998). Whatever the merits of this claim are, a further question can be posed with regard to mathematization in science more generally: What happens when we leave the area of theories and laws of physics and move over to the realm of mathematical modeling in interdisciplinary contexts? Namely, in modeling the phenomena specific to biology or economics, for instance, scientists often use methods that have their origin in physics. How is this kind of mathematical modeling justified?

AB - In his famous article “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences” Eugen Wigner argues for a unique tie between mathematics and physics, invoking even religious language: “The miracle of the appropriateness of the language of mathematics for the formulation of the laws of physics is a wonderful gift which we neither understand nor deserve” (Wigner 1960: 1). The possible existence of such a unique match between mathematics and physics has been extensively discussed by philosophers and historians of mathematics (Bangu 2012; Colyvan 2001; Humphreys 2004; Pincock 2012; Putman 1975; Steiner 1998). Whatever the merits of this claim are, a further question can be posed with regard to mathematization in science more generally: What happens when we leave the area of theories and laws of physics and move over to the realm of mathematical modeling in interdisciplinary contexts? Namely, in modeling the phenomena specific to biology or economics, for instance, scientists often use methods that have their origin in physics. How is this kind of mathematical modeling justified?

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KW - 611 Philosophy

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