Foundations of Physics 39 (4):397-406 (2009)

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I discuss some problems related to extreme mathematical realism, focusing on a recently proposed “shut-up-and-calculate” approach to physics. I offer arguments for a moderate alternative, the essence of which lies in the acceptance that mathematics is a human construction, and discuss concrete consequences of this—at first sight purely philosophical—difference in point of view.
Keywords Philosophy of science  Mathematical realism  Theory of everything
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