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

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    In this article we try to analyse the conditions for describing the world mathematically. We consider the role played by mathematics in discussing and analysing “the state of the world.” We 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.

    OriginalsprogEngelsk
    TitelRelatively and Philosophically Earnest : Festschrift in honor of Paul Ernest’s 65th Birthday
    RedaktørerBharath Sriraman, Simon Goodchild
    UdgivelsesstedCharlotte, NC, USA
    ForlagInformation Age Publishing
    Publikationsdato2009
    Sider83-96
    ISBN (Trykt)978-1-60752-240-9, 978-1-60752-241-6
    StatusUdgivet - 2009
    NavnThe Montana Mathematics Enthusiast: Monograph Series in Mathematics Education

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