Mathematization in Synthetic Biology

Analogies, Templates, and Fictions

Tarja Tellervo Knuuttila, Andrea Loettgers

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    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?
    Originalspråkengelska
    Titel på gästpublikationMathematics as a Tool : Tracing New Roles of Mathematics in the Sciences
    RedaktörerJohannes Lenhard, Martin Carrier
    Antal sidor20
    UtgivningsortCham
    FörlagSpringer International Publishing
    Utgivningsdatum2017
    Sidor37-56
    ISBN (tryckt)978-3-319-54468-7
    ISBN (elektroniskt)978-3-319-54469-4
    DOI
    StatusPublicerad - 2017
    MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok

    Publikationsserier

    NamnBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
    Volym327
    ISSN (tryckt)0068-0346

    Vetenskapsgrenar

    • 111 Matematik
    • 611 Filosofi

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    Knuuttila, T. T., & Loettgers, A. (2017). Mathematization in Synthetic Biology: Analogies, Templates, and Fictions. I J. Lenhard, & M. Carrier (Red.), 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
    Knuuttila, Tarja Tellervo ; Loettgers, Andrea. / Mathematization in Synthetic Biology : Analogies, Templates, and Fictions. Mathematics as a Tool: Tracing New Roles of Mathematics in the Sciences. redaktör / Johannes Lenhard ; Martin Carrier. Cham : Springer International Publishing , 2017. s. 37-56 (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science).
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    Mathematization in Synthetic Biology : Analogies, Templates, and Fictions. / Knuuttila, Tarja Tellervo; Loettgers, Andrea.

    Mathematics as a Tool: Tracing New Roles of Mathematics in the Sciences. red. / Johannes Lenhard; Martin Carrier. Cham : Springer International Publishing , 2017. s. 37-56 (Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science; Vol. 327).

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