What is applied mathematics?

Foundations of Science 2 (1):21-37 (1997)

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James Robert Brown
University of Toronto, St. George
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A number of issues connected with the nature of applied mathematics are discussed. Among the claims are these: mathematics "hooks onto" the world by providing models or representations, not by describing the world; classic platonism is to be preferred to structuralism; and several issues in the philosophy of science are intimately connected to the nature of applied mathematics
Keywords Applied mathematics  Representation  Platonism  Structuralism  Measurement
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DOI 10.1023/A:1009658723574
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