## Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge |

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User Review - Paul - GoodreadsScience started out as an investigation of nature, of reality. It has failed, and will fail, to understand reality, and nature. But it has succeeded in exploiting nature, thanks almost exclusively to "humanity's most powerful tool," mathematics. Read full review

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User Review - Jordan - GoodreadsI really enjoyed the author's commentary on epistemology, but he didn't opine nearly enough. Instead, like every other "history" of a science book, a large portion of writing was devoted to a summary ... Read full review

### Contents

Is There an External World? | 3 |

The Failings of the Senses and Intuition | 21 |

The Rise and Role of Mathematics | 38 |

The Astronomical Worlds of the Greeks | 51 |

The Heliocentric Theory of Copernicus and Kepler | 68 |

Mathematics Dominates Physical Science | 86 |

Mathematics and the Mystery of Gravitation | 107 |

Mathematics and the Imperceptible Electromagnetic World | 126 |

The Relativistic World | 163 |

Quantum Theory | 181 |

The Reality of Mathematical Physics | 197 |

Why Does Mathematics Work? | 210 |

Mathematics and Natures Behavior | 228 |

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A Prelude to the Theory of Relativity | 148 |

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