TY - JOUR
AU - Anna Lemańska
PY - 2020/12/31
Y2 - 2021/07/28
TI - MATHEMATICALNESS OR MATHEMATICABILITY OF NATURE?
JF - Studia Philosophiae Christianae
JA - SPCh
VL - 56
IS - S2
SE - Artykuły naukowe
DO - 10.21697/spch.2020.56.S2.03
UR - https://czasopisma.uksw.edu.pl/index.php/spch/article/view/8402
AB - The notions of “mathematicalness” and “mathematicability” of nature appear in the context of attempts at explaining the effectiveness of mathematics in the description of the world. Mathematicalness of nature means that structures of the world are mathematical. But is this true? Is nature mathematical? In the paper some reasons for mathematicalness of nature are considered. In the paper some reasons for mathematicalness of nature are considered. In the paper some reasons for mathematicalness of nature are considered. Mathematical analysis is widely used in physics. Its application requires continuity of time and space. There are also different kinds of infinity in the mathematical theories used in physics. This raises the issue: whether the material world is continuous or we “impose” on nature certain properties in order to use convenient mathematical tools. Is mathematics a useful tool, or does it reflect nature? So, is nature mathematical or only mathematicable? The article shows that mathematicalness of nature is only a metaphysical hypothesis.
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