Mathematics in the middle: The relationship between measurement and metamorphic matter

Authors

  • Elizabeth de Freitas

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1344/jnmr.v2i2.35888

Abstract

This paper revisits philosophical questions regarding the relationship between mathematics and matter. I briefly present four contrary and contemporary perspectives on the speculative force of mathematics, as a provocation for further discussion on the subject of sciento-metrics. I first consider the ideas of the philosopher Quentin Meillassoux, as a way of setting the stage for various kinds of materialist philosophies of mathematics. I then turn to the ideas of two mathematicians - Fernando Zalamea and Giuseppe Longo - and a computer scientist - Gregory Chaitin - and explore how their discussions of contemporary mathematical practice offer important insight (and twist) regarding the relationship between mathematics and matter.

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Published

2021-07-26

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Section

Sciento-Metrics