The Mathematical State of the World: Explorations into the Characteristics of Mathematical Descriptions

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Relatively and Philosophically Earnest, 2009, 1, pp. 81 - 94
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In this chapter we try to analyse the conditions for describing the world mathematically. vVe consider the role played by mathematics in discussing and analysing "the state of the world." Vle use this discussion to clarify what it means to use a mathematical description. We illustrate why the concepts of "mathematical description" and "mathematical model" are inadequate to evaluate the use of mathematics in decision-making processes. As a result we develop a conceptual framework that is complex enough to match what goes on in scenarios involving applications of mathematics.
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