Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge

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Oxford University Press, Jul 18, 1985 - Mathematics - 272 pages
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Science 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

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
Bibliography
246
Index
255
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A Prelude to the Theory of Relativity
148

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