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The Pythagorean World

Why Mathematics Is Unreasonably Effective In Physics

Authors: McDonnell, Jane

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  • Provides accessible analysis of the persistence of Pythagorean ideas in theoretical physics
  • Addresses the development of fundamental mathematics and metaphysical issues in the context of mathematical practice
  • Investigates the philosophical problems that arise from the way mathematics in used and developed in different contexts
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This book explores precisely how mathematics allows us to model and predict the behaviour of physical systems, to an amazing degree of accuracy. One of the oldest explanations for this is that, in some profound way, the structure of the world is mathematical. The ancient Pythagoreans stated that “everything is number”. However, while exploring the Pythagorean method, this book chooses to add a second principle of the universe: the mind. This work defends the proposition that mind and mathematical structure are the grounds of reality.

About the authors

Jane McDonnell is Adjunct Research Associate in the Philosophy Department at Monash University, Australia. She has doctorates in both theoretical physics and philosophy and over twenty years’ experience applying mathematics in academia and industry. She has authored or co-authored more than eighty technical papers in physics, mathematics, finance and philosophy.

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“The present book provides a good overview of the philosophical subject matter concerning the interconnectedness of mathematics and science, in particular physics. The final part on quantum monadology is speculative, albeit thought-inspiring. ... The references throughout the text are useful for more in-depth knowledge on the individual topics and facilitate further research.” (Michael M. Tung, Mathematical Reviews, December, 2017)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Pythagorean World
Book Subtitle
Why Mathematics Is Unreasonably Effective In Physics
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-40976-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-40976-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-40975-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-82231-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 394
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