Applying mathematics to nature
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 Maarten Van Dyck (UGent)
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 This chapter looks at the mathematization of the study of nature by focusing on how practical mathematicians from the sixteenth century onward understood mathematics as primarily devoted to solving problems through mathematical construction. This constructive understanding of the nature of mathematics is then related to the double movement of physicalizing mathematics (giving physical interpretations to mathematical constructions) and mathematizing physics (understanding physics as basically involving the solution of problems). The work of seventeenthcentury thinkers like Galileo, Descartes, and Mersenne is used to further illustrate these ideas, which led to the establishment of mathematical physics as characterized by its problemsolving nature.
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 mathematization, physicalization, practical mathematics, mathematical physics, problem solving, Galileo Galilei, René Descartes, Marin Mersenne
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Please use this url to cite or link to this publication: http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU8730328
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 Van Dyck, Maarten. “Applying Mathematics to Nature.” The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution, edited by David Marshall Miller and Dana Jalobeanu, Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp. 254–73, doi:10.1017/9781108333108.016.
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 Van Dyck, M. (2022). Applying mathematics to nature. In D. M. Miller & D. Jalobeanu (Eds.), The Cambridge history of philosophy of the scientific revolution (pp. 254–273). https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108333108.016
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 Van Dyck, Maarten. 2022. “Applying Mathematics to Nature.” In The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution, edited by David Marshall Miller and Dana Jalobeanu, 254–73. Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108333108.016.
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 Van Dyck, Maarten. 2022. “Applying Mathematics to Nature.” In The Cambridge History of Philosophy of the Scientific Revolution, ed by. David Marshall Miller and Dana Jalobeanu, 254–273. Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108333108.016.
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 1.Van Dyck M. Applying mathematics to nature. In: Miller DM, Jalobeanu D, editors. The Cambridge history of philosophy of the scientific revolution. Cambridge University Press; 2022. p. 254–73.
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 [1]M. Van Dyck, “Applying mathematics to nature,” in The Cambridge history of philosophy of the scientific revolution, D. M. Miller and D. Jalobeanu, Eds. Cambridge University Press, 2022, pp. 254–273.
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