[geocentrism] Mathematics as Science
- From: Bernie Brauer <bbrauer777@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: geocentrism@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 13:40:51 -0800 (PST)
Mathematics as Science "If one considers science to be strictly about the physical world, then mathematics is not a science . . . as far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality . . . Many philosophers believe that mathematics is not experimentally falsifiable, and thus not a science . . . mathematics cannot be reduced to logic . . . most mathematical theories are, like those of physics and biology, hypothetico-deductive: pure mathematics therefore turns out to be much closer to the natural sciences whose hypotheses are conjectures . . . Intuition and experimentation also play a role in the formulation of conjectures in both mathematics and the other sciences . . . Many mathematicians feel that to call their area a science is to downplay the importance of its aesthetic side, and its history in the traditional seven liberal arts . . . the philosophical debate as to whether mathematics is created ( as in art ) or discovered ( as in science ) . . . It is common to see universities divided into sections that include a division of Science and Mathematics, indicating that the fields are seen as being allied but that they do not coincide . . . Mathematical awards are generally kept separate from their equivalents in science.
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